Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Nancy admitted to MMC tonight

Nancy has had a rough couple of weeks and I haven't really known what to write because on some days she was feeling O.K. and on others she was miserable. She has tried so hard to "not be sick anymore" as she puts it. Tonight, though, she was readmitted to MMC by her oncologist, Dr. Laurie Small, for a combination of anemia, pain,and a bowel obstruction. She is in a private room in the Gibson Unit, room 562. I'll try to bring you up to date since my last post on her condition.

If you've been following the blog, you know that Nancy came home from MMC on September 10th after 12 days. She was so happy to be out and, although still weak and suffering from some fatigue and nausea, managed to do a lot of things she was looking forward to: Uncle Ed's visit, her birthday dinner with the family, "Cousins' Weekend", her 40th KHS class reunion, a foliage trip to Jackson, N.H. with Aaron, and Kristen's annual birthday bash. In the meantime, on September 23rd, October 7th and October 14th she had more infusions of Topotecan as well as blood transfusions for the anemia. She was supposed to have her third Topotecan infusion in this cycle this week but today's blood work showed that she is too anemic for chemo right now.

Aaron brought Nancy to the doctors this morning and I joined them there as the Maine Women's Cancer Center is very close to my school. Aaron had insisted that she go as she has been in a lot of pain with vomiting and intense fatigue. Yesterday was especially difficult. She was going to try to wait to see Dr. Small until her regular appointment on Wednesday but I am so glad that Aaron stepped in and called for the appointment today instead. (Nancy is tough...we all know that...she would have waited). The doctor prescribed some medication but apparently, when this morning's blood work results came back, the doctor called Nancy and told her she needed to come to the hospital. Once Aaron brought her in, she received two more units of blood. So...as much as we all want to see Nancy at home, the hospital appears to be where she needs to be right now while she regains her strength.

Nancy continues to fight this thing so hard that sometimes it breaks my heart. She is the strongest, bravest person I know and the best sister in the world. I know that everyone reading this loves Nancy too so, Nancy, if you're reading this on your laptop at MMC, hang in there...we all love you and can't wait for you to get home!

12 comments:

  1. Nancy sounded better this AM. She is in a private room to prevent exposure to germs. So it would be best to have no visitors. Nancy said she would just like to have some quiet rest and sleep.So, hold the calls and just pray for her.
    I love you,Nancy, and will pray you feel better soon.
    Love, Andi

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  2. Nancy, hope you are feeling better this morning. We agree with everything Cheryl said. You are the strongest and bravest person we know. I would only add you are also one of the funniest. Hang in there, get better and we will see you soon. ~ Love Rob and Wendy

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  3. Namcy -thinking of you and wishing you a quick return to home-rest up love debie chabot

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  4. Rob,Tomo,taka and ToshiOctober 27, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Hello Nancy,we hope you feel better. We pray for you always. We're very looking forward to seeing you at Thanksgiving! Taka has a lot of things he wants to talk to you...about his school,chess tournament,his friends....love,Rob,Tomo,Taka and Toshi

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  5. Nancy, I will be visiting someone special at the Gibson Pavilion over the next week or so. I will send you kisses when I pass by your door. Know that love is all around you. Rest my dear, rest! Love you bunches, Dawn

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  6. Nancy, you are truly a trooper! I'm so glad that you felt well enough to make it to "Cousins Weekend"...(thanks again Hank for those pics!!), it was a lot of fun! I'm sorry to hear you are back in the hospital, but I'm sure you are in the best of hands. Get back on your feet soon!

    Love, Kathy

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  7. You get strong and keep your spirits up. Positive prayers/energy were caught up and sent from the Windy City w/ a little bit more gusto than usual this week! xoxxo Sarah in Chicago

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  8. Nancy, Sorry to hear you are back in the hospital.We all love you and are thinking of you. Hang in there, one day at a time is all you can do.Love Claudia

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  9. Nancy
    Hope you are feeling better and home soon. Had such a good time on cousins weekend and you always keep us laughing! You are in my prayers.
    Love, Maureen

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  10. It is heart rending to hear of Nancy's trials with the Anemia & pain. She is in good hands for being more comfortable. we love your courage Nancy ,you are always in our prayers. Luv. aunt Marion

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  11. Please call if there is anything I can do for anyone. I was wondering why she wasn't returning calls and I check the blog daily. Thoughts, prayers, and rainbows of love are with you all. Sherrill

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  12. Nancy I hope you know you are always in my prayers. I am so sorry you are back in hospital, but you are getting care you need. I hope you can sleep and get your strength back. You are so courageous and such a good example of keeping up the fight. Your family surrounding you is also such an inspiration and blessing. We are surrounding Julie with that same kind of love and strength. I will have my computer with me in Newburyport(will be staying there full time November and December) so thank you Cheryl for keeping us updated. Blessings nancy. Ann

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