Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. It’s hard to respond to every phone call or email requesting updates, and we want to make sure that everyone who knows and loves her Is kept up to date. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
A lot has happened in the last 7 months, so we will try to catch you up...
Carolyn was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) in July 2019, after a series of concerning bloodwork results led to a bone marrow biopsy. MDS is described as sort of a pre-leukemia, since the bone marrow doesn’t produce what it should, and gets progressively worse. Carolyn tried a brief course of treatment which had horrible side effects, so the decision was made to suspend treatment and focus on comfort. She has done pretty well with it since then, enjoying time with friends and family. The last couple of months have shown decline mentally and physically, however, resulting in falls and confusion, and leading us to the decision to move her out of her apartment and into an assisted living facility at the start of the new year. A serious fall and subsequent bout with pneumonia has prevented her from actually moving into her new place yet, and after a hospital stay she is currently in a skilled nursing facility to hopefully regain enough strength to move into her new apartment. In the meantime, current bloodwork indicates that her MDS is progressing, and has likely moved in the acute leukemia phase. The prognosis at this point in terms of life expectancy is days to weeks. We’ve seen a significant amount of decline just in the last couple of weeks.
Currently Carolyn is having good days and bad days, as to be expected. She enjoys her visitors, but not mealtime, and simply refuses to eat much. She is pretty confused with all that is happening, but she had no trouble remembering every word of every verse of every hymn when the church family at Champions came and sang for her! And she was pleased to hear that LSU won the National Championship; she always loves football. But mostly she is ready to go home to be with God and with her beloved Paul. Prayers are appreciated as she goes through this transition time to her heavenly home, whenever God chooses to call her home.