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Hello everyone...first off, I never thought I'd be making one of these for my mom but here goes nothing. Since about November of 2012 Karen has been suffering from random migraines and blurred vision. In true KP fashion she prolonged getting it checked out mostly due to the chaotic lifestyle she was living. Who knew teaching, finals, a new job, and a family trip to Disney would leave you with minimal time. Anyways, about three weeks ago symptoms started getting worse and she began seeing a chiropractor. Some days were better than others but mostly things were just remaining constant and not resolving. She had already been through many blood tests prior to starting with the chiro but on February 13th she went back in to have things looked at again. Gina (her chiropractor) had pushed Karen to get an MRI and have things looked at closer due to a pressure point on her neck making symptoms worse. Her general practitioner wanted to do a vision, hearing and more blood tests but with enough persuasion she was able to get an MRI scheduled.
Stephen brought her to that appointment in Coon Rapids and within an hour of leaving the clinic she got a phone call that she needed to head to the hospital due to a mass that was found on her brain. We don't know a ton of information right now. We know it's approximately 4.9 centimeters. We know it's on the back left side of her brain/skull, they're hoping it's confined and not going to spread. They've ordered a biopsy and that is currently scheduled for Friday the 15th and will be starting prep at about 7:00. I'm hoping that's a good thing that they didn't rush it and it's not as severe as we're fearing but for now it's just the waiting game. It will still be a while after the biopsy before we have results from that but will pass info along as we get it.
In the meantime she is in the ICU at United Hospital. They moved her there last night after being admitted to give her fluids to make sure no swelling in the brain occurs or causes any sort of hemorrhaging.
Karen has the best support system possible. My dad, myself and my brother will be by her side through all of this. For now it's a day at a time until they get the results of the biopsy. I will keep everyone posted to the best of my ability. For now we ask for your prayers and thoughts to help her pull through. She's the strongest woman I know and has many angels that are going to get her though.
If anyone has any questions or messages to pass along to Karen feel free to post questions here and I will update as quickly as I can.
I know I told many of you that I would continue to update the site as mom was seen present in our lives. She's been around, that's for sure, time has just gotten the best of me so I haven't been around to update lately. So I'll give a run down of the last few months...
Today, well technically yesterday since it's after midnight, marked five months! It's hard to believe she's been gone that long, it seems like yesterday I was sitting beside her in hospice praying for a miracle. There's not an hour that goes by that she doesn't cross my mind and as I said, she's made her presence known with little signs here and there. Stephen and I were talking about mom at dad's work picnic and all of a sudden the song "Relax, Don't Do It" came on over the intercom. It's turned in to a bit of an anthem for the family and always brings a smile to our faces. A few weeks back would have been mom's 50th birthday on August 7th. It was a tough day for all of us but we made it through. Her grave stone came in that week and we were able to go visit her and it was more than just a patch of grass. The stone made reality sink in a bit more but it's gorgeous and I think she approves! If anyone needs directions to where it's located and wants to visit her feel free to shoot me an email.
We've all become a bit obsessed with dragonflies. I'm not sure if they've always followed us the way that they do now or if we just notice it more but whenever I need one, one seems to pop out of nowhere. I had taken a picture of the dragonfly they hung outside of mom's room before she passed and got a tattoo of it a couple of months ago. I'm sure mom shook her head at me as she always did when I came home with new ink but I never was one to follow the rules. I've also got a necklace I wear most of the time that I've several people comment on, one in particular told me she believed that dragonflies were souls of those that had passed. She didn't know my story, she didn't know me at all, but we had a great conversation about mom and the belief that I now shared with her.
Stephen spent most of the summer at camp doing what he loves most and counseling kids. He's now back at home and working at the fair this week but back job hunting looking for something to do with the woods. So if anyone has a lead....I'm just sayin. :)
Dad's been keeping busy golfing and hanging out with friends. Work has sent him on a few trips but it sounds like he'll be home for a while now.
The kids have been keeping me busy most of the summer. Faith has been in dance and gymnastics and Gavin gave baseball another shot and just started football. Football seems to be the winner and he's looking forward to his first game next weekend. I took a couple of classes at Inver Hills this summer and will be starting up at St. Kate's next week for their radiography program. I've got a long road ahead but it will be more than rewarding! I'm also marrying my best friend, Makai, in October. He has been by my side through all of this journey and loves me the same way dad loves mom and that's the man I've always searched for. We look forward to our future together and many years of wedded bliss but in the meantime we're throwing a wedding together in two months and trying to finalize those details. It's a bit crazy to say the least.
That's the cliff notes of what's been going on...long story short, we miss her. A lot. We didn't talk every day but I always had the option to call her, the fact that I no longer have that privilege sucks for lack of a better term. Life hasn't been and never will quite be the same but we're carrying on her memories and trying to continue in figuring out our new norms. She'll always be in our hearts.
Till next time. Hope life is treating everyone well!