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Frequent flyer club (Collect them all Kids)

Well, back in the imaging department again. I think she now has a complete collection of every medical image possible. Like all the other wards we have been through, wonderfully kind and attentive people as well.
Originally they had scheduled Kathleen’s PICC line to get fixed on Wednesday, but her main chemo doc said no, ASAP. So it’s now, not tomorrow. My sense is that if he had a time machine he would make it yesterday.
Dealing with mortal issues are hard enough on their own. Having worries such as “how will I pay for my meds”, “Can I afford the treatment”, and, “am I getting the best treatment I can reasonably get”, are worries we do not have. They would just make everything that much worse. Having main chemo guy personally call and make things happen… Well, that just makes you feel special 🙂
So, here I am yet again in the hallway from “hanging in”. It’s end of day so the hallway is quiet. Just the people who they are squeezing in like Kathleen. But all i hear is that familiar building hum. I am not really worried about the PICC replacement, but it’s technically a surgical procedure and there is some worry that with her line being in for such a long time might mean there is scarring and it will be tricky to remove. Added to the fact that it was just a year ago when gallstones turned into worst case scenario against the odds…. Well, there is always a bit of worry 😦


X-ray on… So they are working on her.10 min in. Hopefully her back is not too bad.

20 min in. Normally a 25-30 min procedure.
And done! It worked! Small issue around a valve in her chest but nothing big!
Issue resolved, trouble ticket closed


About In the Cancer Bubble

I am Kathleen's partner of almost 25yrs supporting her through this very tough and rough spot.

8 responses to “Frequent flyer club (Collect them all Kids)

  1. Maria ⋅

    Glad the new picc is in!!! Smooches!

  2. jacquie and mike ⋅

    as always, thinking of you two…
    love and hugs

  3. Colleen and Terry ⋅

    Been thinking about you having this procedure, you’ve done well again, way to go Kathleen, pleased to hear this news!

  4. west coast Lisa ⋅

    I’m glad its all done and that particular worry is behind you. I think the purple lines will look smashing with your new orange purse! 🙂
    Sending lots of hugs!

  5. Stacee Forrester ⋅

    Hi Kathleen and Mike,
    First off I have to say, Mike, you really have a clear insightful, thoughtful, beautiful, intelligent, open and raw way of writing that brings us all into focus to what you are both experiencing and for that I thank you. To be open and honest about what we are truly experiencing may sometimes feel scary inside to share what we are really feeling. But you are right out there, showing us all that it is okay to share feelings, real feelings, raw emotions and amongst friends and those who love us, what a wonderful gift that is. So, thank you. You and Kath – upstanding, wonderful, masters of the moment and teachers of the grand scheme of things.
    hugs to you,
    Stacee and Isobel….who is almost 7!!! Just a day more than Elaine I believe in terms of birthdate…May is a good month.

  6. judy ⋅

    Dear Mike and Kathleen,
    Thankful that you have such great medical care. Doctors and nurses that are attentive and on top of things. Glad the proceedure went well.
    Love Judy

  7. Jill ⋅

    Dear Kathleen and Mike, Thank you for continuing to share your journey with all of us who care so very much about and for the two of you. It takes very special people to be so open and honest with others especially in times of big ups and downs. You continue to inspire many of us and teach us and remind us about who and what is truly important in life and to cherish every bit of that. Sending lots of warm wishes and hugs from the Sunshine State. Returning home to Ottawa tonight. Hope that it is a lovely spring day in Waterloo. xo Jill

  8. Catherine Bolger ⋅

    Such a dreary day today, but these posts always make me stop feeling sorry for myself. You have an unwavering way of looking on the bright side and bringing out the best in each other. Thinking of you both,

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