Kirsten Is Sick – August 27, 2012


I just spoke with Kirsten on the telephone. She’s been moved to R6 and, for now, doesn’t have a roommate. She sounds good, if a little doped up. Happy, as usual, and says she loves me very much. Awww…

Her octreotide scan was only part one of two. The second part will be tomorrow, followed by surgery most likely on Wednesday. And most likely a bilateral adrenalectomy.

She’s down to a single IV pole, which says a lot. The next two days will give us a better sense of prognosis. I’m excited, nervous, and anxious. And very glad she’s getting back to her joking, sweet, smiling self.


Kirsten is down at nuclear medicine for her octreotide scan. I’m very anxious for the results, and hope they find a small tumor that is relatively simple to excise. Regardless of what they find, Kirsten will be having surgery soon.

They have yet to do anything to address the problem for which she came into the hospital, which is Cushing’s syndrome. She is being given medicines to temporarily correct the problem, but they aren’t available long-term.

Orders are in for her to be moved to R6 when they have an available bed.


Kirsten is excellent. She’s sitting up in bed and reading these posts. 🙁

I was able, once again, to stand in with the SCU medical team as they did their rounds this morning and talked about Kirsten. Nothing new, really. I’m concerned about her seizures and episodes of decreased mental acuity. Of primary importance for now, as readers of this blog know, is the octreotide scan scheduled today for 1500. We’re crossing our fingers (because that always works) that she’ll have a single ACTH secreting tumor that will be simple to excise.

She has an order to leave the SCU. I hope she does not.


I hate to be all boring and stuff, but Kirsten slept most of the night. She repositioned herself in bed and ate one of the cookies Soni and Jenna made for her.

That’s it for now. 🙂

16 Replies to “Kirsten Is Sick – August 27, 2012”

  1. If this is being boring and all that stuff, then bring it on. 🙂 She’s getting stronger!

  2. Yes, bring on the boring, Brent!

  3. Boring is awesome.

  4. Kris Lethin says: Reply

    Love it.

    And love you guys.

  5. Seriously teared up at this. Love!!

  6. We need this “boring stuff” before the exciting “She’s going home”!

  7. kathy longacre says: Reply

    Excellent news that she is feeling better. Hugs to Kirsten, the girls and you. Do appreciate your informative updates. Oh and I have my fingers crossed.

  8. Kris Lethin says: Reply

    Rubbing my lucky rabbits foot. Love you guys.

    1. I don’t think that works unless you simultaneously tap your head. Maybe I have that backwards. 🙂

      1. Kris Lethin says: Reply

        I always rub mine in a linear direction with my right thumb while circulating it around my abdomen, humming Highway to Hell, and tapping out the drum part with my left hand on the top of my head. Its a complex ritual but I swear it works 42% of the time.

        1. ROFL!! I needed that, man. Hilarious. 🙂

          1. Kris Lethin says:

            Anything I can do to help.

  9. Crossing my penises and praying to the furry tooth monster 🙂

  10. I’m am glad to hear she is doing better. I think of you guys daily and check your posts every few hours to see how Kirsten is doing! Sending hugs to you both!

  11. Checking in before I go to sleep. I’m so happy you are feeling better Kirsten. Thanks for keeping us up to date Brent.

  12. Brent – glad to hear she’s doing better. Been thinking of you guys these past few days. My heart goes out to her and you and your girls. Thank you for keeping us in on the loop.

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