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Kathy’s Caregiver Notes

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Following are caregiver notes from Kathy and Jan’s stay, July 26 to 30:

Jan and I drove from Salt Lake to St. George on Saturday to visit Jan’s brother and stay the night. We arrived in Phoenix Sunday night at about 9 p.m. Melissa was arriving at the CTCA directly from her trip to Laguna Beach. I talked to her on the phone and said we would see her in the morning. She had her girl friends take her directly to CTCA because she was feeling very nauseous and had a lot of pain. Wes got home late from a short weekend trip to Mexico with his guy friends. Jan and I set to cleaning up the condo and went to bed early.

Monday morning, Jan and I spent a good amount of time cleaning the condo and doing tons of laundry. I washed all the bedding, put on clean sheets and took care of the kitties. I made sure the kitties got fed, brushed, nails trimmed and litter cleaned.

Jan and I went over to CTCA at noon on Monday. Melissa was at an appointment to get X-rays so we went to a Thai restaurant nearby for lunch. The Thai place near Fry’s is pretty good.

When we saw Melissa she told us about her trip to Laguna with her girl friends. She was really excited to watch the surfing competitions. But she got nauseous and left some yum yums right there in the sand. No big deal, just kick some sand on top and pretend like nothing happened. But it happened twice and Melissa asked her friends to take her to CTCA when they drove back. I think it is incredible that Melissa was able to take this trip. It is great for her to be able to feel normal and spend time on vacation.

Melissa looks much skinnier than the last couple times I saw her. Here leg is much less swollen and her face is skinnier. This may be because she is taking a lot less steroids. Mel took us for a tour of CTCA. She rode in the wheel chair. This place is very nice. Immediately I noticed how nice everyone is. Her digs are sweet. The room is large and has a “crabouch” in the corner for a guest to sleep on plus a reclining chair. Nice flat screen TV with lots of channels.

The place is very quiet – no beeping machines or loud kids.

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