Wednesday, June 13, 2012

a little update

It has been a few weeks since the diagnosis of cancer was given to us for my mom. So right now I am taking a few minutes to just clear my head.

You must understand that the following post is not necessarily for you but more for me.

My mom and I are very close but WAY too much alike. I have the 7 brothers but being the only daughter has been definitely taking its toll.

A little update on the condition so that it is clear. My mom has what is called Psuedomyxoma Peritonei. It is a cancer that starts with a tumor that attaches itself to the appendix or the ovaries and produces a mucous that fills the abdominal cavity. ICK! And here is a big surprise, it is very rare. We, as a family, have never been able to do things that normal people do; we have to do it the rare way.

Okay, I digressed just a little.

My mom spent a week in one hospital until they had a diagnosis, then she was transferred to another hospital where the special oncology surgeon could see her. She had a minor surgery to remove some of the discomfort the mucous has been causing and then they released her. My mom has been out of the hospital for 2 weeks now and she has one more week to go before they readmit her and do the BIG surgery.

The big surgery will be 14 hours long and they will be removing a major portion of the abdomen including the appendix, the ovaries, the uterus, part of the right colon, part of the small intestine, part of the large intestine, possibly the gall bladder, the spleen, and part of her peritoneal wall.

That is now out there for you to ponder.

My mom was pretty sick and weak before being released from the hospital and we were told that her diet needs to be protein rich and she should be walking up to an hour a day. So every day except Tuesdays, I have been going over to my mom’s, getting her up and getting her to each a protein rich breakfast, and then going to work or taking her to doctors appointments. Even on the freaking weekend.

#8 has been taking Tuesdays and #6 has been stepping up with dinners and walks. What is wrong with the others? Not sure right now but if I start bitching there will be only drama later.

I am stressed, I am tired, and I am not pleasant to be around.

Long day.