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Wake up, I have some crappy news for you

Kathleen is awake. Last night, after being unconscious for some 64 hours straight, she woke up. Just like that. At the time, we had no idea if she would stay awake, so I just dropped all the shitty news on her at once. As I sit here writing this, I ask her, “How would you characterize your reaction ?”… “Well, I guess somewhat stoically as I was not really surprised.” I would agree with that.

“What was it like waking up after 64hrs?”, I ask… “I had dreams several times about being woken up. I had many hands on my shoulders shaking me and saying my name many times…. Sometimes they were English and sometimes German. Ka-ta-leen…. Ka-ta-leen… Ka-ta-leen”… It sounds like these were ‘land of chocolate Germans’ as opposed to brown shirted Germans 🙂

My big worry was if she felt any pain and just could not verbalize it ? No she said. Not at all. Good.

Everyone, including the doctors are surprised at how well she looks today. A good batch of anitbiotics and 2 units of blood I guess help 🙂 The main chemo doctor had nothing new in terms of prognosis. He offered a little more clarity about the “new things going on in her lungs” in that he will review in more detail with the radiologist tomorrow to better understand the full implications and talk to us again.

Also the neurologist came by to let us know he is still working on things in the background. So as usually, lots of wheels turning on behalf of Kathleen. Really could not imagine anything more being done.

Its been a good day so far, so we will take that.

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—Mike

About In the Cancer Bubble

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

15 responses to “Wake up, I have some crappy news for you

  1. lisa ⋅

    Well you look good to me! How do you do it? Always a smile on that face. We I am better this week, I’ll wip up for a quick visit. …no germies for you. Love the three of you.xoox

  2. jacquie ⋅

    so happy you finally woke up..love you and lots of hugs
    jacquie

  3. judy ⋅

    Dear Mike and Kathleen,
    It was really great seeing you both in person this morning after 7 months. We were cheered by your love of life and appetite for food. Bring on the rice crispies and yogurt.
    Love Judy

  4. Lynne ⋅

    Welcome back, hon!!!

  5. Colleen and Terry ⋅

    Amazing what a great sleep can do! And all of the wonderful support too! Agree with Lisa, how do you do that?? You are beautiful Kathleen! Love to all of you! We hope to visit this week. Love, Col and Ter

  6. Jill ⋅

    Dear Kathleen and Mike, Restorative time, love and getting great support and care can do wonders. Seeing this photo of you and your beautiful smile Kathleen, and reading this blog update has put a big smile on my face. I hope that the day brings some smiles and special moments to the two of you. With big and gentle hugs and much love, Jill

  7. Lindsey ⋅

    I’m so glad that you woke up, and it’s great to see a lovely smile on your face! You were always the fighter Kathleen. I love you and sending lots and lots of hugs!! xoxo

  8. Maureen wolfson ⋅

    Sleeping beauty indeed! I wish I was as photogenic. So glad you awoke Kathleen. Big hugs to you and Mike.
    Mo

  9. mybestfriendchasessquirrels ⋅

    MIke, smuggle Betty in to see Kathleen…..I bet if you asked and Kathleen gave her best smile ….the hospital would allow it. I have explained to Orville that Kathleen needed some extra special attention so is not in her usual spot(s) but Betty isn’t so easily appeased……dogs are blissfully more ignorant to such things but cats have extra special powers.

  10. Rosemary P ⋅

    Hi Kathleen…once again you prove how remarkable and special you are. You two make quite the team. Thinking of you

  11. Joanne Stewart ⋅

    You had quite week. Kathleen looks so rested and what a wonderful smile. Thank you both for including us in this journey. Wishing you a smooth road ahead and sending all our love and best wishes. Gentle hugs, Joanne

  12. Carl Miller ⋅

    hang in there – thinking about you both carl

  13. Anne ⋅

    To Miss Amazing and the bright smile. So great that you found some long awaited rest. Mike thanks for keeping us all up to date. We appreciate knowing how things are going as you are always in our thoughts. Sending love to you . XO Anne

  14. Trudy ⋅

    Sounds like my Grandma Paula calling. So, that would be a really good Swiss chocolate offered with a mischevious smile in her blue eyes, nice hugs, and, with luck, the best chicken-vegetable soup I’ve ever taste made with not much other than love.

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