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Old 11-07-2012, 08:21 AM   #101 (permalink)
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My aunt made it through her surgery just fine. She actually even called our house last night. She still sounded very groggy, but it was nice to hear her voice. We still don't know much about what happened during the surgery. The Dr never called my mother or my cousin (both are listed as power of attorney). My cousin was even at the hospital, but was never able to speak to the Dr. This really upset all of us. You would think with something this serious, notifying her loved ones to give us details would be a top priority, but not one word! My cousin will be calling today to try to get more info. As soon as I know more, I'll post another update.
So glad she came through the surgery ok. I too find it odd that no one spoke to the family following the surgery. That's very unusual and would also cause me concern. Perhaps the doc had an emergency following the surgery? It happens I suppose. Anyway, my thoughts are still with you and your family while your aunt heals.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:30 AM   #102 (permalink)
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Good to hear the surgery went well! Odd that the doctor didn't update the family but maybe he had an emergency to tend to? Hopefully you get some more information soon!
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Glad to hear that the surgery went well. Continuing to keep y'all in my prayers.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:54 AM   #104 (permalink)
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It's been a while since I've posted an update so I thought I'd share the latest.

After my aunt's surgery she ran a couple of fevers. The first they thought might've been just because of the recovery from the initial surgery. It didn't take long to break. The second one they figured out was because of the blood pressure meds she was on. Once they stopped that the fever broke. She's still pretty weak from having to lay around for so long, but with the use of a walker she's able to get up and move around a little bit. She actually got to spend some time outside with her daughter and her fiance (daughter's) last week which made her happy.

The past couple of days have been a real challenge for her emotionally. She needs to get some physical therapy to improve her strength before they can start chemo and radiation. To do that they wanted to send her to a nursing home (apparently it was her insurance company's request). They gave her a choice of two nursing homes, she chose one, and then found out she couldn't go because they didn't have room. So they scrambled Monday to find a place only to find out the insurance company wasn't open because of Veteran's Day. So yesterday came and she thought it was all set until the insurance company told the hospital they had 24 hours to decide on whether or not they wanted to approve moving her where they were planning to move her. My aunt just got really frustrated with the whole thing (understandable). She had just posted a message on Facebook saying that she was stuck in the hospital again for the night. A little later the phone rang and we were told she was on her way to the nursing home, they were bringing her in an ambulance. She's fine, but because the hospital and nursing home are so far apart they transported her via ambulance. We haven't heard from her yet, but I'm expecting her to post something on Facebook today. The best part is that the hospital is almost 2 hours away from us, but the nursing home is only about 10 minutes away from us. Tonight my mother, my grandmother, and I are planning to go visit with her if she's up for it. It'll be my first time seeing her in months! I'm excited but nervous because I'm sure she looks a little frail considering what she's been through.

So that's about it for now. The game plan is that she'll be in the nursing home for 2-3 weeks and as long as she's strong enough she'll have another surgery to insert a pick line (still not sure exactly what that is) and then the real cancer treatment begins. She's still in great spirits considering and is looking forward to getting it all over with.
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Why does she need to move to a nursing home? How old is your Aunt? Why cant she stay in her own home? Is it because she would get around the clock care at the nursing home?

I am so happy to hear that the major surgeries are over with. Now to kick cancers ass!
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Glad to hear the surgeries went well. So sorry to hear about the run around she had to deal with as far as the nursing homes. (I don't think I could ever work for a medical insurance company after all the crap they pull on people.) Now that she's in the nursing home hopefully she'll start to regain strength. The pick line is put in & that is where her chemo will all go through. (My mother in law had one for dialysis & they wanted to put one in my son when he was 4 & had surgery so then they wouldn't have to keep sticking him when they'd have to move the IV.) I will keep her in my prayers that she continues to get strong & feeling better. Glad that you get to go see her today.
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Why does she need to move to a nursing home? How old is your Aunt? Why cant she stay in her own home? Is it because she would get around the clock care at the nursing home?

I am so happy to hear that the major surgeries are over with. Now to kick cancers ass!
She's 57 years old. I'm not completely sure on why she has to go to a nursing home. My guess is that because it's her back and her mobility is still so limited that she will need around the clock care. If she went home and pulled a muscle or just fell chances are good she wouldn't be able to get up until her roomate got home. She also needs to get some physical therapy to increase her strength which the nursing home will provide. I think it also has to do with her insurance coverage plan. I know that when they first told her that her choice of a nursing home wasn't open she asked to go home until it was and was told no because then her insurance would see her as not needing to be at a nursing home and then they wouldn't have to cover it. She doesn't mind going to the nursing home it was more the run around that she's been getting.

I agree, that she needs to kick the cancer's ass! With her attitude and positive outlook about everything (aside from a few little set backs) we're all thinking she's going to do it just fine!

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Glad to hear the surgeries went well. So sorry to hear about the run around she had to deal with as far as the nursing homes. (I don't think I could ever work for a medical insurance company after all the crap they pull on people.) Now that she's in the nursing home hopefully she'll start to regain strength. The pick line is put in & that is where her chemo will all go through. (My mother in law had one for dialysis & they wanted to put one in my son when he was 4 & had surgery so then they wouldn't have to keep sticking him when they'd have to move the IV.) I will keep her in my prayers that she continues to get strong & feeling better. Glad that you get to go see her today.
Thanks for explaining. I've been tied up in a few projects and haven't had much time to research some of the things she's explained to us. It's going to be a long day. I just want to go see her now.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:07 PM   #108 (permalink)
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My aunt posted on Facebook a little while ago that she loves the nursing home so far. She said it doesn't look like a nursing home. They measured her incision on her back and it's 20.5" long with 36 stitches! She's getting the stitches out Friday. She starts physical therapy this afternoon and she's really excited about it. It's so nice to see her in such good spirits!
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Excellent news Mandy!
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So glad to hear that she is in good spirits.
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