For those of you who were here early this morning and a blog post wasn’t I’m so sorry. We’re all okay….just had a crazy overload yesterday.
Yesterday was our day to take Kramer back to Lacrosse for the next step on his lung cancer journey.
It was his day for mapping and to get a port. It was also the day to get the radiation schedule.
Check out the sign below. We graduated and are now allowed to park in the close parking lot…the one for oncology patients. There is even a specific spot for radiation patients. It’s not really a place we wanted to be but here we are and we’re going to do all we can to get in, get out and get DONE with this cancer.
The mapping was done first. That consists of laying in a big bean bag type piece that molds to his body shape. Every time Kramer goes for radiation they get out his mold and he lays in that exact mold for his treatment. They then took another chest CT all in an effort to find the correct settings on the radiation machine to best blast his cancer.
We also got another overload of information. NEVER, NEVER, EVER let any cancer patient go to meetings with the doctor by themselves. There is too much information to take in for a person who is not dealing with it let alone the person who is dealing with it. I don’t know how many times I have said something that was discussed at the appointment to Kramer and he “didn’t hear it” or didn’t understand it the way I did. It truly is hard. The good news in all of that is that they do give us a folder with all the information we discussed so that is very helpful.
After that, we were off to the hospital portion. We needed to go there so Kramer could get his port put in. That was easier than we expected. He opted to not be put under for the procedure. He’s so tired of the foggy effects of being put under. He opted to stay awake. He’s such a goof. He asked them if he could watch them do it. AHHH!! Who can do that?? It ended up not working for him to…but seriously who would even request that??
By the time we got out of the hospital it was 2pm and he had not eaten. So to the closed gas station we went. He’s a gas station food guy. Besides, if you’ve been in the area, you know our Kwik Trip stations have good food.
If you remember the joke has been that every time we go to Lacrosse the weather is terrible. We either go early to beat a snowstorm, stay because it was bad or drive home in weather that has just been bad. This time we thought we might be in the clear. Not quite…..
This time it was flooding….We drive through a little town in Minnesota called Hokah. When we went through town on the way there, we could see that the water was high but didn’t think much of it. On the way home, there was a sign that said the road was closed. We aren’t super familiar with the roads so we thought we’d keep heading that way and see.
We got to town and the road was still open but only one lane and it was monitored that only one car could drive through at a time as the flood water was going over the road. We were able to drive through.
We ended up getting into Decorah and heard that the road had closed. We just made it through.
We came home to a house full of people. Including KARL!!! See?? Continue reading