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31 August 2015 @ 08:56 pm
Brief update on Kate  
Just a brief update to let you know what's happened with Kate since she got out of the hospital on Sunday August 16.

First the bad news: while I was at Worldcon, Kate tripped and fell on an uneven bit of sidewalk near the library. Her face and knee got pretty banged up, and they gave her a CAT scan to make sure nothing was wrong inside her head. She also had to have some teeth splinted; the splints will stay on for 6-8 weeks and there might be more dental work needed after that. I have to emphasize that this was nothing Marc could have prevented, and I'm sure it would have gone down exactly the same way if I had been there.

Now the good news: Marc and Kate were kind enough to not call me about the fall until they knew she was stable and I wouldn't have to come home early from the con. Kate is healing up nicely; the stitches have come out, and the bruises on her face are almost all gone.

She has done very well learning to monitor her blood sugar and give herself her own insulin shots. Her blood sugar numbers are pretty much under control now, and the various symptoms of high blood sugar are almost completely gone. She is definitely done with chemo! And we just got the results of her most recent MRI, and what's inside her head is stable or somewhat improved (one spot of enhancement we'd been keeping an eye on seems to be gone). From here it's just a matter of taking it easy and healing, with MRIs every two months to make sure everything is okay.

Thank you to everyone for your support, both practical and psychological. You have no idea how much you have helped already, and continue to do so.
 
 
 
Steve Green: Beardstevegreen on September 1st, 2015 05:00 am (UTC)
Hell's teeth, David. Uneven pavements aren't my friend, either. Please send my very best to Kate.

Still remember that lunch Ann and I had with you two back at the 1995 Worldcon. Good times.
Geri Sullivan: Twinzy Doctor Duckgerisullivan on September 1st, 2015 08:35 pm (UTC)
That's an information-packed update, especially for just a couple of weeks.

*OUCH!* for that fall. It sounds like Kate's recovery is going well and I'm glad level-headed Marc was on hand to help with getting her assessed and treated.

The fab news is, of course, the lovely MRI results. Huzzah!

Many thanks for the update. I look foward to reading about your Worldcon, too.
Mark William Richardsvolund on September 2nd, 2015 01:48 am (UTC)
Ouch ... but otherwise glad to hear that Kate's recovering nicely.
Omahaomahas on September 2nd, 2015 05:36 am (UTC)
So sad to hear about Kate's fall! But so glad to hear that she is doing better. I'm sad that we weren't able to catch up with her while we were in Portland, but I can certainly understand why.
pennskipennski on September 2nd, 2015 10:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the update. Take care, both of you.
et in Arcadia egoboo: Chicago (from Adler)apostle_of_eris on September 3rd, 2015 02:37 am (UTC)
*sigh*
There are a couple of URLs I use so often as comments that I put them into their own folder near the top of my bookmarks called "snappy comebacks".
Besides "shocked, shocked, . . . " from Casablanca and Instant Rimshot, there's Mi Shebeirach.
I wish I didn't have so much use for it.

Hugs and sweetness to Kate, and take as good care of yourself as you do of her.
Terry HickmanTerry Hickman on September 4th, 2015 07:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, dang, I'm so sorry to hear of her tumble. As if she hadn't had enough pain and inconvenience. I'm glad she's healing from it, and the MRI news is wonderful. She must be one tough lady, and you a wonderful support. *hugs* for both of you.