7 is Karla’s favorite number and coincidently we have some good news to share. The double vision was thankfully temporary and is now gone. While she spent 10 days in a hospital, (the last 2 at Oakville Trafalgar, (which is quite new and friendly staff) and unfortunately 8 days at Hamilton General which has great surgeons but decrepit accommodations and non award-winning care! Their slogan should be ‘Come for the surgery, try not to stay and go home ASAP!’
Karla’s blood work showed a solid count for white blood cells and platelets, enabling her to restart her Ibrance chemo pills on Tuesday May 28thas well as her injection to suppress her estrogen; the cancer cell driver in her case. The delirium has also thankfully disappeared as we heard some pretty incoherent yet entertaining babblings from Karla.
The surgeon was able to do a biopsy on the bone tissue at T11 vertebrae and the results showed no evidence of cancer cells in that tissue. So, the Ibrance and radiation combination or at least one of them, achieved the desired results, albeit the vertebrae had a fracture necessitating the surgery and spine reinforcement in that area. See the pics below re what titanium rods and screws were inserted into her back to reinforce this area of the spine. These screws are 4.2 cm long (1.7 inches) so Lindsay Wagner, Bionic Woman step aside!
On Friday May 31stshe saw the surgeon who pronounced her healing exceptionally well but cautioned her to be careful as to her daily activities so as not to place undue stress on her back while she heals. He also advised her not to swim for another 2 months as the radiation has rendered her skin and immune system more susceptible to infections. Karla is continuing her mostly organic diet, walking around and trying to get her pain levels down to an acceptable level as she continues her fight to defeat the cancer.
Once again thank you all for your wonderful messages and prayers of support.