On Monday Britney started having more intense back pain again. Not in the same place as last time though, this time it is her rib area on her back left. As a result, her Drs. have increased her pain meds. in the IV quiet considerably. She also is having more spells of confusion and episodes of not even being able to communicate(talk) with us...it is very heart wrenching. At times she still says she cannot breath so they upped her oxygen from 2L to 3L and doubled her injections I give her in her IV to help her breath and for anxiety. They have also increased her steroid (for brain swelling) from 2xs a day to 4 and she is now on other pain meds also. The Drs. are focusing on trying to keep her comfortable as best they can, but it is hard as the tumor plays games with her mind where she cannot tell us what is wrong and she uses the wrong words and we just have to be patient and work through it to try to figure out what we can do to help her. The last two days she has also been sleeping more during the day which is probably due to tumor growth. Hospice RNs are now also coming 7 days a week. Britney still has her awesome appetite though when it comes to eating, however, it is also very hard as she doesn't remember eating so she wants to eat continually and gets frustrated when I have to tell her she needs to wait a little while. I don't know if it is harder on her or me.
Friends of ours are also having a spaghetti feed fundraiser for our family to help with the expenses of taking care of our sweet Britney. I've copied and pasted the following that was put on facebook for friends/family/others that do not use facebook:
Britney has been diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous brain tumor. We are having a spaghetti dinner to raise money for the Kleikamp family during this difficult time. Britney's mother is not working right now and is taking care of Britney full time. The family could use your support! The cost is a donation of $10/adult, $6/ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at any Norway School office, the First National Bank of Norway (both locations), and will be available at the door. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be attending and pictures will be available for a $5 donation. There will be free face paining and entertainment will be provided by Ian Cavalieri and the NHS Knight Moves Vocal Jazz.. It will be at Norway High School on Saturday, December 14th from 4 to 7pm.
Jeannette Sword also is helping with this fundraiser and had this on facebook: Thanks for all of the support. I will post on this event if there are things that need to be done. If you have raffle items I will contact you and/or you can drop them off at the Elementary school in Norway (she works here) and I will make sure they get where they need to be the night of the dinner...Thanks again!!!!!! Please come and support us!!!!!
Again, thank you for all of the support Britney and our family has been given. It is greatly appreciated and we love each and everyone of you for sticking by our family through this struggle......there are no words that would even come close to how much each and everyone of you mean to us.