Hi Everyone! It’s Jaimie! I know it’s been a long while since we posted an update and let me tell you…. A LOT has changed!
Where do I even begin? I will start by saying that there has been so much back and forth and new developments that I can’t get into every lengthy detail. I will try to cover everything in this update though.
Mom started her 3rd type of chemo on July 24th. She had said that some of her pain was subsiding and thought that this chemo may be working finally and she was headed in the right direction.
Over the course of the following month she was beginning to feel more discomfort, bloating and full feeling. Nothing she would eat would sit right with her. She was most comfortable laying down with heat on her tummy. The doctors discovered that there was fluid building up in my moms abdominal cavity but unless it got to be “excessive” there was really nothing they could do for her.
The doctor had cleared her to go on a trip to Georgia with me, Charity and Jacob as a memory making trip. We left on Tuesday August 21st and she was skipping her chemo which was scheduled for Wednesday.
Traveling to Georgia went fairly smoothly. Charity was a big helper and mom had assistance all the way there.
Our trip was so relaxing. We stayed in a town called Lyerly which is on the border of Georgia and Alabama with one of my mom’s best friends Joy and her hubby Jeff. They live on a beautiful ranch style home that sits on 80 acres. A beautiful view, a pool and peaceful place to spend our time.
Then went back to town and had dinner at a place called Jefferson’s.
Mom did really well overall on Monday, she got really tired and started to have increased pain in her abdomen after walking through the first half of the Aquarium so we got her a wheelchair and she made it through the rest of the day.
Tuesday we had to pack up and travel back to Atlanta to catch our flight home. We all got off to a late start and mom was having a hard time getting up and going. She was in a tremendous amount of pain and had the full, bloated feeling (which had been building up for well over a month, and progressively getting worse).
Our travels home were not as happy and smooth as they were going to GA. She was practically in tears for 8+ hours. Trying to hold it together until we got home.
Wednesday 8/28 mom decided that the pain was too much and she needed to be seen and try to get to the source of the problem. She went to the Emergency room and was admitted, they ran a series of tests, blood work to see where her markers were, and drained several liters of fluid.
Over the course of the next month, she steadily declined having more bad days than good and needing to be drained more frequently than before. Hospital stays lasted several days each time.