It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Well, Courtney doesn’t think so since our weather is still warm and beautiful and we don’t have snow, or a need for heavy sweaters, beanies or gloves….but seeing all the Christmas lights and the few decorations we’ve had the time to put up still makes me happy.
It was a fantastic day! Kevin has been an inpatient in a hospital for 95 days this year. Thankfully, not all of those days were in a row….but I can tell you that this many days in a hospital certainly takes it’s toll on a person, both physically and mentally.
This last stay was over Thanksgiving, which was really challenging for Kevin to be in the hospital on this holiday, but we got to break up the day a bit. The kids were able to visit a few times throughout the day, we were so blessed to be taken in by the Macho family. They have allowed me a place to stay, do laundry, shower and just relax a bit outside of the hospital ever since Kevin has been receiving care at USC. They were so gracious and took the kids and I in for the thanksgiving holiday and included us in their fun game of flag football and the meal time festivities. The kids and I came to their house on Wednesday and were able to be back and forth to the hospital through the weekend.
You might be wondering, what next?
Over the course of the next few weeks, Kevin will be having some imaging repeated (CT scan and MRI) to see what everything looks like. We are pretty confident that Kevin will need to have a surgery called RPLND. This will remove the lymph nodes and the remaining mass in the retroperitoneal cavity. Kevin’s will have imaging done soon and then follow up appointment with the surgeon is January 20th, so he will have some time to recover from this high dose chemotherapy regimen before he has surgery. There may be other procedures, or surgeries that will take place after the RPLND before he could be cleared to go back to work, but so far, we only know that RPLND surgery will be next if necessary.
Kevin and I are working on his physical recovery by going for a walk every day. We are trying to increase the distance a little bit every time and add some body weight exercises to the mix to strengthen his body as much as possible. Be is determined to get back to work as soon as possible!
We know that your prayers are working as we feel peace in this storm. We appreciate all of your support and are looking forward to the time when this is all behind us.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!