Mom is coming 'home'
Posted in Nourishment for the Spirit » Kathy's Blog on Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mom decided to finish her treatment back here in Illinois since all of her kids are here, able to take care of her.  Yes, it's the day she always warned us about!!!  She came home for us to nurse her back to good health!   With my sister out of town for the weekend, she had no choice but to stay with me.  She was nervous about it since I have three living petri dishes in the house, known as my children.  With her white blood cell count so low, it's dangerous for her to be around any type of germs or infection.  Danger be damned, she basically allowed the kids to jump all over her like a playhouse, and..... like any grandma would.  

 

Like all of mom's chemo treatments, they completely knock her out for a few days.  She talks about headaches, no energy, no appetite, her bones aching, the sores in her mouth and terrible coughing fits.  Mom has somewhat of a 'double whammy' since she is also living with Sjogren's, which is a disorder that drastically reduces the production of tears and saliva.  The lack of saliva has forced her to change her diet and has taken a terrible toll on her teeth.   So much so, that she will have to have all her teeth replaced.   She has tried every product recommended by doctors, integrative specialists, dentists... you name it.  Nothing has worked so she has to live with the coughing.

 

It was this coughing that led to a moment I'm actually proud my mom is allowing me to share.  You are forewarned, this may be simply TOO MUCH INFORMATION.  She was in the car with my sister, Kelly, on her way to an appointment for a CT scan to see if her lymphoma is in remission.   Another coughing fit began.  This one, however, did not end well.  The following is an 'excerpt' from the email she sent a friend...........

    

    I had to drink the barium on the way to the doctor's office yesterday.  Well, I still have this bad cough so I ended up coughing - then - OMG, what the hell????  Kelly, I just pooped my pants.  Suddenly she is frantically trying to find some napkins in the console while driving thru crazy Chicago rush hour traffic and I'm pulling my pants down (heck, who knows me on 94, right) so I am wiping and stuffing while Kelly is now rolling down the windows.  Barely made it into the office when I had to go again.  I'm thinking, this is going to be cute, I'll be in the scanner, told to be still and I will have to cough and poop.  Wonderful.  The rest of the  day went fine but I wish they had told us the barium gives you diarrhea.   Just another day in the life of a chemo patient.
 

I love that mom has such a sense of humor, she can take a terribly embarrassing situation and turn it into laughs...... and the subject of a blog!!   Love ya, mom!

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