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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

We were leaving for radiation when we saw Tommy bringing Karen into the park. She had just been released from the local hospital. He stopped and I hopped our of my car, left it in the middle of the street and ran to give her a great big hug. She is such a trooper. In a calm voice she thanked me for being there and told me I would need to get somebody to take care of her part of the flowers! I told her that had already been taken care of and all we wanted her to do was to concentrate on getting better. Then she proceeded to tell us that she is home until Friday when she will go to Orlando and there they have found a dr who has agreed to accept her insurance (they have finally agreed to let her have the test!) but the dr they wanted doesn't accept that insurance so....they have to go with this dr. However, after doing the little scope with the camera, they will know if her cancer is operable or not. She was able to tell us all this very calmly-I was the one crying!
We couldn't visit too long as we had to get to treatment and she needed to go home and rest but later on after we had returned home, her husband, Tommy came down to talk to us. He said he never realized how much there is to deal with-Karen has always taken care of everything and now that she isn't able, he is having to be on the phone and deal with the jerks at the insurance company (jerk is my word!). He says he even had a problem at the pharmacy getting her pain meds-at first they didn't want to cover that but after a couple of phone calls it was handled. They were wanting him to pay $450 for 90 pills but it ended up only costing him $45 so that was another hurdle he managed to accomplish. He is pretty much in a state of shock right now as this has all been thrown at them in the past 2-3 weeks so they are still coming to terms with everything.
He said he wishes their kids would stay home, at least right now as it only complicates things. He needs his attention on Karen and getting what she needs instead of trying to figure out what to do with them! I can understand his dilema, but also that they want to be here for their mom. One son has returned home, one is here till Fri, but then another couple of kids are coming down and he says he doesn't have time to tell them what to do and some of them are smokers so he doesn't want them around Karen with the smoke, etc.
I really feel bad for both of them and have offered to do anything they need and if no one is around and he needs to do something I would go sit with Karen so he didn't have to worry about her. I would take some meals down, but he says she isn't eating much as it makes her ill. I may make them a casserole and even if she can't eat it, he will have something he can warm up.
Keep the prayers coming that the dr says it is operable - all we have is our faith that a power greater than us can bring about miracles.
God Bless all of you for reading my blog and taking the time to say a prayer for someone you have never met. She is a wonderful, caring person who has always been there for everyone else so now she needs to know that is being returned to her and I told her today I had lots of folks from all over praying for her and she just smiled and said, Thank you, I really, really need them.
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    As MOMMA_BEAR_69 said you may want to have your friend's husband check out The Cancer Treatment Centers of America. cancercenter.com

    I will pray for them too.

    3309 days ago
    I'm glad the insurance caved in and is paying for the test. It sucks that she can't have it done at home. Keep us up on what is going on. Many of us are praying for her.
    3312 days ago
    I'll be praying for Karen and Tommy.
    3313 days ago
    Praying for Karen
    3313 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Prayers are heading Karen's way:) emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3313 days ago
    Prayers continuing for Karen and her DH. My DH and I go to the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Philadelphia where all the tests and treatments are done in one place. They accept whatever insurance you have and pay for your travel to and from your home to the Center...whether it is air fare or mileage for you to drive. One couple comes to Philadelphia from Oregon. They also help you fill out the paper work for Social Security Disability if it applies. They have just been awesome for my DH!!! People go there a lot when their doctors at home have given upon them. Miracles are happening there all the time!!! Just wanted to mention that. Lack of insurance or inferior insurance should never keep you from getting the treatment you need.
    What a great and thoughtful friend you are.
    Blessings and hugs,
    3313 days ago
    Praying for Karen and the whole family. It is so hard to
    see the caregiver become the one who needs the care.
    But you are there for her and I pray this doctor finds
    the answers needed. May God keep you all in his loving
    arms! HUGS!
    3313 days ago
    you are the kind of friend that is priceless my prayers are in my heart for your friend.
    3313 days ago
    Prayers still going up for your dear friend.
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