As they day went on, Kim grew more and more excited. Her first visitor, was Dr. Taetle. He said she looked good and would like to see her Friday for a blood value test to determine if she was ok to take a chemo treatment on Monday. He told her he'd recommend she be released today. She ate a huge breakfast of french toast, sausage, cream of wheat, potatoes and milk. Then, she had a nice visit with Mary, one of the managers at Barnes & Noble who has stepped it up so nicely to keep that store running and keep me with Kim.
Next, Dr. Choi came by and said she looked good, wrote her some prescriptions for percocet and lovenox in new dosages of 80 mg each, so I can give her two a day shots now and denied my request for valium. Some Drs. can be heartless. We are praying the new dosage can combat the blood clots and help Kim prepare for her chemo and fight against cancer.
Her nurses and techs that she has had over the last month and a half came by, one by one, to wish her well, having heard about her imminent release. It was amazing how many good people had cared for her at St. Joseph's over the weeks and how much they cared about Kim, who they call the 'angel of St. Joseph's'. It was so neat to see, not surprising, but everyone could see the amazing woman that I see each time I look at her or think about her - it was like a pep rally for Kim!
The nurses prepped Kim for release, fitting her with new compression hoses to prevent further clots and getting all of her paper work ready. We were just waiting for Dr. Namanny to give his final approval on the Lovenox dosage and to check her legs out. He arrived around 4 and said she looked like she could go home. The lower halves of her legs look normal again, but her upper legs are still large, but soft. Prior to surgery, they were incredibly tight -she truly thought she would burst!
We made a follow up appointment with Dr. Namanny for next Wednesday and I loaded Kim into a wheel chair - I'm almost a part of the staff there, changing beds, trash can liners, fetching supplies and now, transporting Kim for her release.
It was a beautiful day in Tucson. Sunny and mid-70's. Kim marvled at the smell of fresh air, the birds overhead and the suns warming rays. Then, she asked if we could get something to eat...at In & Out Burger! So, off we went and had cheeseburgers and fries - Kim had a vanilla shake - she loves that John 3:16 is on the bottom of their cups - but the shake cups had Psalms 3:5 (what is that one Jodi?). We enjoyed our meal, watching the sun set together. Tomorrow, I am going shopping for a walker for her, so she can make it around the house, and later on, venture outside.
The bambini's were overjoyed. They had worked hard making two large banners, with Andrea and her daughters, Lexy and Brianna's help. They had a good day at school, Mrs. Schrantz and Mrs. Rudzena kept Tonio and Aut after school and helped them with homework. Then, Patti brought them home and stayed with them, feeding them (thanks Mike for the chicken tortilla soup and Rachel for the cookies!), until we got home. Our neighbor, Brian, had cared for Bella during the day and picked up Cody from school. They were so happy to have their mom home again!! Tonio said he knows it is to stay this time. He's so sweet, having recently memorized the Lord's Prayer, he makes sure to say it with me each night for his mama.
So, we are praying Kim's health can stay consistent, and she is able to get on track for her chemo cycles to fight this aggressive cancer. Thank you all for all of your support (my mom, dad and stepmom have been helping us keep up!) and for all of your prayers and happy thoughts.
I put Kim in our bed, surrounded her with pillows (6 total - she'll have to go to 'pillows anonymous' after all of this is over!) and she is sleeping comfortably...it is so good to have her home.