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18 July 2016 @ 07:33 pm
Kate update 7/18 7pm  
Sorry, it’s been a while since my last public post about Kate. When last I posted she was just being transferred to St. Vincent for more tests and possible brain surgery.

Well, as it turned out surgery was required. She had the procedure on Tuesday, and it was successful, removing “in the high nineties percent” of the mass, which was some kind of glioma. We won’t know more, including the treatment plan, until we see the pathology report.

Kate spent a few days at St. Vincent recovering from the surgery, then was transferred to the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Providence in NE Portland. She is working with physical, occupational, and speech therapists for several hours a day and will be here for a week or two until she is well enough to go home — with the support of home health care, if necessary. We’ll know more when we get closer to discharge.

I had good readings in San Diego and LA last weekend, and will be heading to New York tomorrow for my reading at the KGB Bar on Wednesday, returning late Thursday. Sue is holding down the fort in my absence. If you are in town and willing/able to help her out July 19-21, please contact her (or me, if you don’t have her contact info). I do hope to be able to do the remaining stops on my book tour, but we are taking it one day at a time.
Kate Schaeferkate_schaefer on July 19th, 2016 05:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for the update. Much love to you both, and many cheers for Sue.
KMSvgqn on July 19th, 2016 05:13 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear more about the surgery. Has it relieved the aphasia? I'm guessing since you mention speech therapists that it wasn't an instant relief. Hoping that she makes great progress and can move home soon.

Good luck at all of your readings! Are you doing the rap as part of it? Safe travels.
KMSvgqn on July 19th, 2016 05:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, and to echo Kate S., hooray for Sue! Glad we had a chance to meet her. She's great.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on July 19th, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
Alas, the aphasia is still very bad. I hold out hope that it will improve with time and steroids.
the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on July 23rd, 2016 07:51 am (UTC)
I am glad to hear the surgery was successful, and hope for a great improving outcome for her!