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23 November 2014 @ 02:00 pm
Kate in hospital  
Yesterday Kate was having difficulty finding her words, and couldn't write a check. We took her to the emergency room, where they gave her an MRI. The MRI found some kind of mass in her brain (3x3x3 cm). We don't yet know what it is, but it has to come out.

They have her on steroids to reduce the swelling, which is already beginning to help with the aphasia, and will do more detailed scans before performing surgery. Surgery is yet to be scheduled but will likely be either Wednesday or Monday. (Dr. O'Neill at St. Vincent's.)

At the moment we are in Providence Hospital in NE Portland, but hope to be discharged today after consulting physical, occupational, and language therapists. After that we'll be home until the surgery, whenever that is.

We are okay-ish for now. We have insurance. We have money. Kate's sister Sue is here.

Where we will really need support is during and after the surgery. I don't yet know what kind of help will be needed but will welcome food, a supportive shoulder, and other forms of aid and comfort. I've asked Bo O'Dell (youknowmeasbo at gmail) to coordinate scheduling.

More news as it happens.

ETA: Returned home Sunday evening. Thanks for all the good wishes.
KMS: balesvgqn on November 23rd, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oh no! But glad modern medicine is already helping. Sending healing thoughts your way.
Amy Sissonamysisson on November 23rd, 2014 10:19 pm (UTC)
Sending many positive thoughts your way, David! I'm probably not close enough to provide much tangible support, but if there's something I can do, please let me know.

When it's convenient, can you please e-mail me your snail mail address? At the very least I'd like to send Kate a card.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on November 23rd, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC)
Emailed to your gmail address. Thanks!
Mary Kaymarykaykare on November 23rd, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
Can you email me your mailing address? marykay.kare@gmail.com
Jim C. Hinesjimhines on November 23rd, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how much I can do from Michigan, but at the very least, my shoulders are yours if you need them.

Thinking about and hoping for you both.
deborahjross on November 23rd, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
Holding Kate (and everyone) in the Light.
desperance: lukedesperance on November 23rd, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, holy cow. Sending all the distance-wishing that we can; send us your snailmail, and we'll send something more tangible...
R. Stuartwood_dragon on November 23rd, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thinking about you both. Sending healing thoughts & best wishes.
Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on November 23rd, 2014 11:42 pm (UTC)
Sending many healing wishes!
tournevis on November 23rd, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
Please post a link where we can send money when you need it.

All the hugs.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on November 24th, 2014 01:47 am (UTC)
Money's not an issue at this point, but thanks!
smoking catnip and chasing my tail: geishajettcat on November 24th, 2014 12:58 am (UTC)
*sending the good mojo*
katybeth on November 24th, 2014 01:19 am (UTC)
So scary! Good thoughts and love for both of you, and we will help as we can.
tandwtandw on November 24th, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)
Best to both of you.
Timapparentparadox on November 24th, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
Please let us know what not-so-close folks can do!
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on November 24th, 2014 08:32 am (UTC)
good luck and swift surgery...

brain tumors suck.
history_monkhistory_monk on November 24th, 2014 08:38 am (UTC)
Best of luck to you both.
Steve Davies: banditmiramon on November 24th, 2014 09:18 am (UTC)
Good luck!
Chris Hillbookzombie on November 24th, 2014 09:19 am (UTC)
Oh dear, very sorry to hear this. Wish we could be there to help, but sending happy thoughts anyway.
Matthew S. Rotundo: Typewritermatthewsrotundo on November 24th, 2014 02:12 pm (UTC)
Damn. All best wishes for a positive result.
Simon Bissonsbisson on November 24th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thinking of you both. Get well soon Kate!
kellymcculloughkellymccullough on November 24th, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
Sending good thoughts and hoping for best outcomes.
pennski: so many bookspennski on November 24th, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear this. I hope surgery goes smoothly.

Hugs to you both.
lindadee on November 24th, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
Keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed for you both.
et in Arcadia egoboo: whole earth moonapostle_of_eris on November 24th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
Kalimackalimac on November 25th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
Yikes! So much hoping for a good and quick outcome. And very fortunate the symptoms were caught and diagnosed with dispatch.