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Hospice at Home

So far we are making a go of it at home and havent yet had to think about hospice or hospital care. Kath is at a stage where she is really loosing muscle and fat. She sleeps a great deal, but when she is a awake, she is pretty foggy and weak. Occasionally, the feisty Kathleen we know and love pokes through. When her mum and sister and I were trying to understand her, we had to keep asking her to repeat what she said. Finally, in exasperation she ‘yelled’, “I have 3 deaf people looking after me!” We all laughed, even Kathleen a little. But those moments are fewer now as she slips away from us.
As she now has a hard time swallowing pills, its a little more difficult to control her back/hip pain. Also there is a lot of diarrhea to contend with. On the plus side, we found a massage therapist who works with lymphodema patients in the home. This has managed to reduce the swelling in her legs a decent amount in order to bring some relief.
Her sister Mel, is with us a few more days. She has been a great source of love and practical help for us all
Photo 2013-07-10 12 09 37 PM

—Mike

About In the Cancer Bubble

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

14 responses to “Hospice at Home

  1. jacquie ⋅

    much love to all

  2. Maureen wolfson ⋅

    Kathleen,
    Sending a big virtual hug. Love you lots and think of you often.
    Mo

  3. Trudy ⋅

    So good to see Kathleen hugging Mel and to see their smiles. Thanks Mike. Love to all of you from me and from Bill.

  4. Jennifer Corbett ⋅

    Beautiful photo, Mike, of Mel and Kathleen! So glad that Mel is back again. I am sure it is good for both…
    I think of all of you every single day and send you love, more love and wishes for comfort xoxo
    Jennifer

  5. alice ⋅

    thanks Mike. a beautiful photo indeed. I am thinking of you all. alice

  6. Colleen and Terry ⋅

    Thanks Mike for sharing. What a beautiful photo of love. We send you all much love. Thinking of you all every day. Hugs, Colleen and Terry

  7. Lynne ⋅

    What a glorious photo! Thinking of you both, always. With many hugs. Lynne

  8. diane ⋅

    a beautiful picture of mel and Kathy
    diane

  9. judy ⋅

    Dear Mike and Kathleen,
    A beautiful photo of a beautiful moment.
    love Judy

  10. Rosemary P. ⋅

    Thank you for keeping us with you on this path. I laughed too with her comment – I always have appreciated Kathleen’s sense of humour and it continues to shine . What a beautiful lady she is. Sending gentle hugs.

  11. Teresa ⋅

    Thinking of all of you – what a beautiful picture of true/genuine sibling love.

  12. anne paterson ⋅

    A beautiful hug that speaks a million words…. What a trooper Kathleen and so glad that she keeps you on your toes with her great sense of humour. A very special lady. Gentle hugs to her. Think of her often.

  13. Carl Miller ⋅

    love and support to you both

    carl & dan

  14. Julie ⋅

    Thinking of you both.
    Much love and hugs,
    Jules

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