Brenda’s Progress #8

Well Everyone

Great News.
Brenda came home Tuesday lunchtime.

We brought Brenda home on Monday for an OT assessment. This went very well. It was tiring for Brenda, 35 minutes in the car then check around the house to make sure it was really her home. The OT then arrived so
Brenda had to show how she would move around the house and do the things she needs to do. We have lunch at home with Sarah Robert and Renee and My Mum. Then back to the Hospital for a rest.

Brenda at the Computer
Brenda at the computer on Monday’s visit.

The OT assessment only required us to install two grab rails in the Shower and some non slip mats. The rest was letting Brenda know how to sit on the office chair without it escaping from her and telling her not to access the lower cupboards.
When we got back to the Hospital the OT had left a report detailing the above work. The OT had also met with the Doctors before we arrived back to let them know she was happy to let Brenda go home. The Doctors agreed
that Brenda should go home the following day (Tuesday).
Brenda was taking a nap when the head nurse came in to give us the news. I was sitting in the corner and she said to me that Brenda could go home the next day. Brenda let out a yell, WHOPPEE. So much for her being asleep. In was very hard for everyone to contain their excitement. Tuesday morning found me at the hospital at 9 o’clock packing bags. There was cards, stuffed animals and clothes to bring home and of course the patient.

It is great to have Brenda home although it can be a little scary knowing that we are responsible for her care. Lucky we have St John of God Home Nursing Service come each morning to give Brenda a blood thinning injection. We should be able to give the injections ourselves but it is reassuring to have professional care call once a day at the moment. The first morning Brenda woke at 5 o’clock with a pain in the head. This was due we believe to the drop in temperature overnight. First night away from air conditioning so I turned on the electric heater and gave her some codeine. The next morning was a bit better as we left the heater turn on when it got to cold and Brenda had a scarf on her head during the night.

One of the Neighbourhood Families visited on Tuesday afternoon. They had made a "Welcome Home Brenda" banner and a large card they had circulated around the neighourhood to sign. The comments in the card were very touching. Also Pastor Murray from the church visited to make sure all
was well and the church ladies cleaned.

Today we had a meeting with a Hematologist at Royal Perth Hospital. Our Oncologist asked if Brenda would take part in a trial for the prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). This is an International study that is
looking at the benefit of using a blood thinning drug during the recovery from surgery and the effects of Radiotherapy. The trial requires a daily injection. This will start tomorrow when I will learn how to give the injection. It is very similar to the way diabetics inject themselves so I hope I can do it correctly.

Tomorrow also sees us at an appointment with the Radiotherapy Oncologist who will be giving Brenda to Chemo. We will get all the information and scripts to do the chemo at home.

Thank you for your prayers.
God Bless

Love Steve

10 thoughts on “Brenda’s Progress #8

  1. Great to see you back in your house.
    We are excited to here you are home but remember to take it easy dear.
    Lots of love
    Dean,Christine & Ryley xxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Juat seen the spelling mistake better correct that!! Before Rob does!! ‘hear’
    Love Christine xxxxx

  3. Just seen the spelling mistake better correct that!! Before Rob does!! ‘hear’
    Love Christine xxxxx

  4. i can type on the computer to tell you i love you aunty brenda xxxxx
    ryley xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  5. Congratualtions Brenda – you must be enjoying home – take it slowly – enjoy the little things

    Our prayers are with you from Melbourne


  6. Hi All,

    Just wanted to send you all of my love. It’s fantastic to be able to see photos of our beloved Brenda, good to see she’s smiling. Have been receiving reports from mum, but great to get the up-to-date info.

    By the way, the prayers are continuing for you all!!


  7. Hi Hunni & Steve & Family.
    Great idea and an easy way to keep us all up to date. Hope you are feeling better. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers all the way over here in chilly Tassie. My little teddy bear is a constant reminder of our wonderful freindship although we have not YET met in person. It will happen one day. Thank you for all your support over the last two years with my weight loss quest. I only hope I can offer you just as much support and much, much more.
    All our love, hugs, kisses, prayers and best wishes to all the family.
    Margie, Wayne, Hannah & Brodie

  8. To Dear Bren,

    Nice to see your smiling face my friend. You know I understand some of what you are going through and once again know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Danny also said to give you his best and to let you know that he too is thinking of you.

    I have prayers from all over the world coming for you.

    It was Margie who gave me this website address and it was I who gave Margie your phone number. I knew you wouldn’t mind.

    You take good care, rest how ever much you need to and just know how many people are praying for you. Sending love and hugs…

    Your friend in Brisbane,
    Kel xx

  9. Bren

    Just thought I would leave a message on this Site.

    My love,hugs,kisses and prayers are winging there way to you.

    Much Love

  10. Brenda,
    I was so glad to hear back from you the other day. This is a great site to be able to check on your progress. You have many good people who love and care for you. Stay strong and know you have many thinking about you, including myself.
    You will be in my prayers, and those of many others.

    Love from Lisa…xx

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