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My Health Journey
3/8/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to my CaringBridge website. I am using it to keep family and friends updated on my health status in one convenient place. I appreciate your prayers of support and the words of hope and encouragement you give me everyday. I ask God every evening for prayers of thanks for you and your willingness to assist me during my convalescence period. I came home from Hershey Medical Center on March 10, 2017 after a 32+ day stay. During my time there . . . my chemotherapy was put temporarily on hold so that an Intraventricular Access Device, also known as an Ommaya Reservoir, could be inserted beneath my skull. This device consists of a small soft port which is attached by a small tube which leads into the lateral ventricle of my brain. When chemo resumes, it will be pumped through this device and directly into the brain and spinal chord, and, with fingers crossed, I will eventually regain the use of both of my legs to the point where I can live a pretty much independent life again. I might have to use a cane the rest of my life . . . . . but, hey . . . I'll take it!!!!! Currently I am unable to bear my body weight on my left leg which has resulted in becoming homebound for a while. I am residing for the most part on the first floor of my house, and since I am not able to use the stairs . . .my activity remains centered on the ground floor. For the time being I will not be driving my car. Visitations and phone calls are most welcome!!!! I have created my Caring Bridge Page so that friends, family, neighbors know what my needs are. I've had countless requests. "What can I do?" "How can I help?" From meal planning, rides to doctor's appointments, even simple tasks as taking the trash to the curb weekly and retrieving mail from the mailbox are some of the day to day duties that require assistance. I am also well taken care of by a team of visiting nurses and physical therapists. My immediate family also provides innumerable hours to make my recuperation stress free. In addition, this site also provides you with an opportunity to leave me notes and messages and ask questions you might have.
One final note . . . . . I am not asking for donations of money. One component of CaringBridge is setting up a GoFundMe page to assist with medical bills. Please disregard any invitation this site might initiate to encourage starting a GoFundMe account for my benefit. Thank-you. B R I A N