Britney Kleikamp's Journal
Written Dec 15, 2013 6:08pm by Becky KleikampWe wanted to put a BIG thank you out there to all that attended Britney's fundraiser. Once again, without the support from family, friends, and the community we would not be where we are today. This takes a hugh burden off of our shoulders. It is hard to put into words what you all mean to us unless you are put in a situation like we are...(I would never wish this on my worst enemy though!!!) I really would liked to have been there to tell everyone thank you, but Britney is too fragile to leave and needs my constant attention. My place was with her and I hope everyone understands that. The rest of the family was there and they said they were very overwhelmed with all the support and love:) Thank you. I know many people have been asking for updates on Britney, but it is very hard to give updates when she is declining in health everyday. So, here is a little update, even though it is not good news.....and it is just "some" of what we deal with daily.... Britney is now totally bedridden and does not open her eyes anymore. She very seldom can communicate with one word answers and those are usually very confusing. I wake, or try to, to feed, medicate, and change her. There are times when I cannot wake her which means she does not get fed or her medicine. She does seem to be in much less pain then she was. She has also had a few fevers which we have been able to control so far. I think we have finally found a happy medium for her pain medication. Hospice RN's do come everyday to check her vitals. We are doing our very best to take care of our sweet Britney and love her to the moon and back!!! So, again, thank you all for everything you are all doing.....there is no way to thank everyone by name so please just know we are very greatful to everyone for everything they have done, or will continue to do for our family. Much love, The Kleikamps
Written Nov 23, 2013 9:56pm by Becky KleikampOn 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.
Written Nov 9, 2013 11:12pm by Becky KleikampFirst of all, a big THANK YOU to Integrated First Respond, Great Lakes Ambulance and Andy Hay. When we left St. Vincent Hospital yesterday afternoon and pulled out onto Mason Ave., we noticed an ambulance behind us. It was IFR from Iron Mountain. A quick text and phone call to Andy Hay and they followed us all the way home and helped us get Britney into the house with their 3 paramedics and cart. Words cannot express the amount of gratitude in our hearts at that moment when they helped get our daughter into the house in the least amount of pain possible. THANK YOU again!
We ended coming home last night from St. Vincent Hospital after being there since Monday. The Drs. did NOT find any broken vertebrae's in Britney's' back....I think they were as much amazed as we were. She was in a considerable amount of pain on Monday after hurting her back trying to get in the car. So, once the MRI came back showing no fractures it was then time to focus on pain management. Britney ended up getting a PICC line and after trying a few different pain meds the Drs. were able to send her home with an IV with minimal pain in her back. She also gets injections into the IV every 4 hours for her breathing. Hospice was able to get Britney hooked up to oxygen today. We are hoping this will help with her breathing problems. They were doing breathing treatments every 6 hrs. on Brit while in the hospital with a nebulizer, however, you cannot do those treatments at home so hoping the oxygen helps her relax some. We weren't sure how she would feel coming home to a hospital bed but she has been in it ever since with no complaints. We are going day by day now trying to do the best we can taking care of Britney. Green Bay Oncology will also be doing home visits 1x a week now so that we don't have to haul Britney anywhere. Hospice will be coming in pretty much every day to check on Brit too. Again, thank you for all the love and support.