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  •  Hopefully, we'll be having our Thanksgiving dinner (6+ / 0-)

    at home.

    My 47 year old wife has been living in a nursing home after emergency surgery on 30 September to remove a 7 cm (little larger than a baseball) brain tumor.  Her doctor may sign a dismissal form early this week so we can bring her home.

    The tumor was from a terminal brain cancer, glioblastoma malforme, the most aggressive form of brain cancer there is.  It was discovered at stage IV.

    I woke up 30 September to get our 12 year old son ready for school and found her sitting up in the living room chair, totally non-responsive.  Rightly or wrongly, I managed to get our son out of the house without him realizing how bad it was.  She had voided herself from every orifice and was completely non-vocal.  I had to yell at her just to get a little eye contact.  I called 911 and she ended up having the emergency surgery.

    She has been going through radiation and oral chemotherapy now for about 4 weeks, only 11 more radiation treatments to go!!  The medication she was on to reduce swelling in the brain also caused her thigh muscles to get very weak and her blood sugar spiked to 768 on the first reading.  She has now been off of that medication for 4 days.  She is getting much stronger now and, while still receiving insulin, her blood sugar levels have been dropping steadily.

    I've been given zero hope for a long future from any of the medical staff.  She will die, it's just a matter of if it's months or a couple of years.  The most important thing will be her quality of life, not so much quantity.

    No matter what, I will be truly thankful just to have her home with our son and me for Thanksgiving.

    You give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders. -- Jesse Ventura

    by rage on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 05:24:43 PM PST

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