Writings of a teachermom, choosing to stay home with her kids, while loathing all domestic responsibilities! In late Aug. 2008, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation, I was given theall clear. However, in the late summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which metasticized to other areas.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Updates of today................. see below

Good News..................Cari is now out of ICU and into a private room. Her first night after surgery was one of medical personnel in and out of her room constantly. With the trauma of brain surgery and the combination of the narcotics she is on, that was very difficult for her. She becomes very anxious and agitated...............which is so contrary to Cari's personality. So Melvin returned back to the hospital around 11:30PM and stayed with her all night to give the comfort and security she needed. Then he came back home early at sunrise to get some sleep himself and then went back late morning and took Cameron with him this time. And they all hung out for most of the day. Cari also made a phone call to home and got to speak with Max and Ella briefly. Then we had the change of guards around dinner time so Tom & I could visit with her in the evening. And of course we watched the Marathon with her, which I think gave her some delight and conversation other than her condition.

All in all she is amazing. Please continue to keep her in your prayers and pray that she will feel a sense of calmness with all these changes and most of all not expect too much from herself.

We are at the hospital visiting Cari. She was able to take a shower and was enjoying every second of that time. She wanted me to let everyone know that when she is ready to receive phone calls, I will post that information on the blog.
She get's confused and her thought process is slow and she is having trouble with reading words. Everything is jumbled for her. Hopefully when her surgeon comes in tomorrow she will get some of these concerns answered. The question is will they be permanent or is this just part of the side effects of surgery and will this confusion subside with time? They removed her headwrap today and they are even talking about her possibly going home tomorrow. She is really getting bored and our marathon runner actually walked around the hospital campus (very slowly) this afternoon enjoying the sun and outdoors. Again, she is amazing!

If anyone would like to speak to me personally, please feel free to call my cell phone (609-892-7425). When she arrives home she will need lots of rest so her brain heals and the swelling can go down. But I also know she misses the contact with her friends. Thankfully, Melvin will be home all next week with the exception of surgery days of Wed and Thursday. Our challenge will be to keep the kids occupied so she can rest and once school starts that will allow more quiet time. The kiddos are coming this afternoon to spend some time with their Mommy and she is looking forward to their visit.

So until tomorrow.......................................


At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the update. She is an inspiration to so many Moms, we are absolutely in her debt in many ways.

At 11:48 AM, Blogger LH said...

Thx for the update. It helps me to know how Cari is doing. Sending good thoughts your way.

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Brenda said...

Cari, you are a rock! you are an inspiration. I KNOW, God is working on you and he has a SPECIAL plan for you- now and in the future! Keep strong, we are praying for you daily. Love Brenda and the girls

At 3:09 PM, Blogger KC said...

thanks for this update. cari - i've been thinking of you every day.

At 3:20 PM, Blogger AnnD said...

Glad for the positive update - are you home soon? No clue on these things.

Do think of you often.

At 3:42 PM, Blogger IrishMommy said...

Yippee... Let me know when you are ready for a visit. I'm so proud of you and so thankful that God put you in my life.

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, so glad to hear the good news.
GOD IS GOOD! Cari, take is easy and let the healing begin. MaryBeth, You call me when ever you want. I know it's good to have this step over with! Love and prayers
Pat Harry

At 6:44 AM, Blogger Jaye said...

Thanks again for the updates - God is wonderful!! We've been praying for Cari and your whole family. She is so blessed to have such a wonderfully loving family to rely upon - I see where Cari gets her strength!

We will continue to pray for a speedy, FULL recovery! Give everyone our love and hugs!

At 11:50 AM, Blogger mi said...

Thank you for the continual updates. Let her know people she hasn't even met are thinking of her, and wishing her all the best.


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