Sunday, December 12, 2004


Sunday, December 12, 2004

Today, mom's doctors told her that they could give her a patch that would infuse pain medicine into her system continuously and let her go home.
They're convinced that she isn't going to eat anything solid and cause a complete obstruction. They think she will be more comfortable at home. As long as the pain patch does its job, I think they are right.

While they were getting the paperwork done, I went to get a Diet Coke. I needed one.... Before leaving the room, I told mom, "See that nurse call button? The nurses REALLY like it when you push that a whole bunch! Just push it as many times as you can!" (note: nurses hate that) Her nurse was sitting outside her room and hollered for me to go play in traffic somewhere. Mom laughed. (Thank you God)

When the paperwork was finished her nurse came in and looked at me and said, "you don't have that IV out yet?? What's wrong with you?" She handed me the stuff to take it out and I told her that we wanted a BIG discount for this. Mom laughed. (tyG)


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(written September of 2005) I have learned much in the last nine months. I have read that ovarian cancer whispers. I say it screams. It just needs someone to listen. The American Cancer Society statistics for ovarian cancer estimate that there will be 22,220 new cases and 16,210 deaths in 2005. This is a death rate FOUR TIMES that of breast cancer.Almost 70 percent of women with the common epithelial ovarian cancer are not diagnosed until the disease is advanced in stage. The 5-year survival rate for these women is only 15 to 20 percent. This is unacceptable. Women need to be made more aware of the symptoms, and doctors need to listen to their patients. Especially when the patient tells them that they fear they have ovca, as my mother did for almost a year before she was finally diagnosed. It’s so sad and senseless when a woman knows the symptoms but can’t get anyone to listen to what she is saying.