Apr 13, 2020 Latest post:
May 24, 2021
It all started on Saturday, April 4th, when people started to receive strange, random, texts from Donna. Rod also noticed that she seemed a little withdrawn, and wouldn't talk much, when they would take their daily walks along the channel in Lake Havasu, Arizona. Rod just assumed it was because she was sad that her sister wasn't spending the winter in Lake Havasu this year and Matt's family couldn't spend Easter with them because of the pandemic. The family started to recognize that it appeared to be more than just missing family and Donna seemed confused at times. We all (including friends and grandkids) started receiving random garbled texts in the early hours of the morning. She didn't seem like herself when talking on the phone.
On Thursday, April 9th, Rod took Donna to the ER in Lake Havasu to have her evaluated to see if she was okay. Because of COVID-19, once Rod checked Donna into the ER, he was told he could either wait in the parking lot or go home and wait. The next day, we all learned that the initial CT scan revealed inflammation of the brain and some areas had abnormal cell growth. It was determined that she should have a MRI the next day. On Easter Morning (April 12), we learned that Donna has multiple tumors on her brain that have affected her short-term memory and has started causing weakness in her left leg. We do not know if these tumors are benign, or cancerous. The neurologist has cleared her to fly, so we are bringing her home to Minnesota. Jackie and Tracy are flying to Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday, April 13th to meet up with Rod and Donna. A church friend is doing the 2 1/2 hour drive to bring them to the Las Vegas airport to meet Jackie and Tracy. They all will be flying home the same day with the plan to have her go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. It's a very stressful trip for everyone, but even more so that we are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. To make matters worse, we are not allowed to be with Donna once she is checked into the hospital. This makes it very hard for Rod and the family as we are not allowed to be with her during this time.
Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers. Pray for safe and healthy travels for tomorrow, as it will be a long day for everybody. Pray for wisdom and guidance for the doctors, and nurses, who will be caring for her.