Kayla was discharged from the hospital yesterday! Hooray! She is now resting comfortably in her own bed and the two of us got the best night of sleep last night that we’ve had in quite a while. Her incision site is still very sore, but she is otherwise doing well. We both just got up… Continue reading Home sweet home
After throwing up ALL DAY on Monday, the medical team did an abdominal x-ray and found that Kayla had a blockage in one of her bowels because it hadn’t started working again since the surgery last Wednesday. Great, we thought, we finally know why Kayla has been so sick. The treatment: a nasal feeding tube.… Continue reading She pooped!
As I write this, Kayla is still laying in a hospital bed, 6 days after her surgery. Her stay at the hospital was only supposed to be 3-4 days. Her recovery has been riddled with complications: -Severe pain -Severe nausea -Delirium from being over-medicated because of her severe pain and nausea It would be easy… Continue reading Pissed as hell
Oh yes, we did. Our backyard was full of family, kids, dogs…it was chaos. And it was wonderful. One of Kayla’s co-workers had Subway sandwich trays delivered to our house. Someone anonymously dropped off sweet corn. We ate, we drank, we laughed. I read Little Critter books to my new 4-year-old friend, Jack. Pure bliss. Regardless of what happens… Continue reading Surgery Eve Party
“How are you?” It’s a question that we hear a lot these days. So many people care about us; words can’t express how much my family appreciates the friends, family, community members, and co-workers who have reached out to us. We are truly blessed. Two days before Kayla’s second surgery, I want to tell you… Continue reading How are you?
I added 26.2 (and 5K) to my running carrot tattoo last night: With everything going on right now, I debated putting it off, but I had the appointment made weeks before we found out about Kayla’s illness and I decided to go ahead and get it done before Kayla has her surgery next week. This… Continue reading Tattoo of courage and strength
We didn’t start out the weekend in a fun way. Late Friday afternoon, Kayla started having intense stomach pain. I was at work, but luckily my husband was home and so he called the doctor’s office and the nurse instructed him to take Kayla to the ER, since it was too late in the day… Continue reading Friday night ER visit
We had a visit with Kayla’s oncologist today. I had sent him an e-mail yesterday and asked him if he could send me a recap of what he told us when we found out Kayla has ovarian cancer. That whole visit is a blur. I remember hearing Kayla being told, “You have ovarian cancer” and… Continue reading Doctor visit
I went for a run today. After yesterday’s post, I got a lot of encouragement from people, but the one that stuck out the most was a friend who said, “If it was me, you’d tell me to run.” That’s true. Thanks for the kick in the ass. Plus, Kayla said, “Mom, you need to run!” … Continue reading I ran today.
How is it possible that only a week ago, my life was normal? How is it possible that 6 days ago, my 19-year-old daughter, my baby, had a mass bigger than a softball removed from her right ovary? How is it possible that just one day ago, we were told that my baby has ovarian… Continue reading How?