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7/14/2017 Latest post:
June 8th Janet woke up in horrible pain. We didn’t know at the time, Janet suffered from a major seizure in the middle of the night that severely dislocated and broke her shoulder. She was taken by ambulance to River Falls Hospital where we later found out that she had a brain tumor which had triggered the seizure. That evening she was admitted to United Hospital in St. Paul where we began our journey with working on Janet’s complicated health conditions of the brain tumor, broken shoulder and blood pressure issues. Janet’s tumor was diagnosed as a right temporal lobe benign meningioma tumor (non-cancer). Treatment for the tumor will be a brain surgery procedure called debulking. With this they will remove a piece of the tumor, and after recovery of the surgery she will undergo a radiation therapy called Cyber Knife Therapy to try and shrink the tumor. Janet came home June 13th from United Hospital with family taking care of her and some services from Home Care.
With all these health issues, first we needed to fix her broken shoulder. She was able to have a total shoulder replacement June 22nd at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She stayed at St. Joseph’s Hospital till the June 25th and then returned home. She has been home since, with round the clock monitoring and care from Doug and the family. July 7th, the orthopedic surgeon cleared Janet to be scheduled for brain surgery. Unfortunately the neurosurgeon was not able to get her on the schedule till August 1st. While we have been at home Janet has been suffering from seizures and her blood pressure has been very low. We have been working closely with many doctors trying to adjust her medications for the seizures, brain swelling, and low blood pressure. We have been also working with her shoulder rehab from recovery of the shoulder replacement. We have been lucky that PT and OT have been coming to the house. Janet and the family know this will be a long process for treatment, recovery and healing. We appreciate all the prayers and support from our family and friends.