Dec 31, 2012 - 1:08 pm
Hello everyone. This is KarLee, Kari's daughter. Mom made it very clear that when she was no longer able to post, she wanted me to keep you all informed of her status.
Mom went into hospice the 2nd week of December for pain control with a plan of staying there for a few days to get her pain under control. Most of her issues revolved around an agonizing headache and generalized pain and weakness. Much to Mom's dismay, she ended up staying in hospice for a week until she insisted on leaving, even though her pain was not controlled.
That was December 19th. For about a week, Mom was nothing short of an energizer bunny. She spent her birthday with friends and family. Went shopping A LOT. Went out to the casino and gambled a bit. She did many many things that she wanted to do. However, she just wasn't herself that week. She was very angry and aggressive and easily upset by little things. Her headaches continued to get worse and she became more weak.
On Christmas day, Mom's headaches, nausea, and weakness were too much for her and the Palliative care doctor instructed her to go the ER for a head CT. Mom was scheduled to get a CT done on the 26th to evaluate the possibility of radiation, but the doctor wanted to her go in that day because of her symptoms. We went in to the ER, had a CT and MRI of the brain and it showed significant involvement in her temporal lobe with multiple masses. This explained all of Mom's symptoms including her behaviors. Mom was too weak to go home, and we transferred from the ER to hospice.
Over the last week, the staff has been adjusting her pain and anxiety medication. She is on a couple of continuous IV drips (thank goodness for ports). There are times when she is anxious and in pain, and when that happens we increase her meds. She has not really talked since the day she was admitted. She will ask for her Mom (who has passed) sometimes and will say "owey" when she is uncomfortable. But despite all of this, when she is resting, she looks so peaceful. It has taken everything in me to make sure that I am making the right decisions for her and being her advocate.
As far as all of you readers and bloggers who have supported her throughout the last three years: She loves you guys and you are all very near and dear to her heart. You helped her get through the toughest of times at the end of her life with all of your kind words, cards, gifts (especially the beautiful ornaments), and support.
That is all for now, I will try to continue to update you as I know you all care so much for her.
Again, Thank you.