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Aug 23, 2018 Latest post:
Sep 3, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
As many of you know, my mother, Judy Davis, has been feeling an assortment of aches and pains of increasing intensity for the past year or so. In February, she experienced a pelvic fracture and began going to the doctor regularly to determine their root cause. Nothing could be found. In early July, doctors discovered a crushed vertebrate that they suggested might be strengthened by vertebroplasty, and she went in for this procedure in late July. Less than a week later, she experienced a tremendous pain in her hip that we discovered was due to a fracture. I took her to the emergency room, and they began an exhaustive series of tests that exposed lesions through many of her bones. This was finally an answer to the pains she had been experiencing, but unfortunately, it was also a sign of cancer. A biopsy confirmed that breast cancer, which she had beaten far back in 1990, had finally returned. As if this wasn't bad enough, she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure several years ago, and while it has mostly been under control, it worries the doctors very much in her current condition.
The doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital continue to treat her and try to make her life more comfortable. She has received a partial hip replacement and seems to be recovering from it. A team of doctors is still determining the best course of action for her (rehab, palliative care, radiation, hormone therapy, etc), and I will use this website as a means of sharing any new information as I have it.
Mom is accepting visitors again, but only in small doses, and I've tried as best as I can to schedule them. Currently, more than two visits from different people in a day seems to exhaust her, so I've been trying to plan around that as best as I can, and also keep them from overlapping when possible.
People have asked me what to bring, and she mostly has no requests. She's got a strange aversion to sweet things right now, so she'd prefer people not bring anything like that. Though she has a weird new craving for Coke. She says she's never cared for it before, but now really enjoys it.
As I get new information, I'll do my best to post it here. Thank you for your thoughts, concerns and prayers -- I know she appreciates them.