Okay, going to make this a short one because I want to get to sleep, but please allow me to explain my recent absence!

I drove with my mom up to Children\’s for an appointment with my oncologist to get the results of my most recent CT scans, which were … not too bad but not so great. Everything has basically stayed the same size, although the lung lesions grew a bit more, but the cancer has spread again, this time to my liver (2 or a few little spots there now). I was hoping for at least ONE little bit of good news, and I got it, because my brain is still clean! Whewww. (Well, I\’m probably going to get a brain MRI soonish, actually, because it\’s more detailed than a CT scan. So I might not really be safe from that. But I\’ll keep on hoping!)

So after my appointment finished up, Dr. S decided it would probably be best to admit me and let their pain management team get my pain and nausea under control, and I agreed with this, because the nausea HAD TO GO. And it has! (I guess I was dehydrated and fixing that fixed the nausea.) On the downside, my doctors somehow managed to create excruciating pain in every single part of my body below my waist! Amazing! Basically I am referring to my legs, because when I woke up Wednesday morning, OWWWW. How did they do it? I did not have pain there before!! My right leg has improved but my left leg hates me. It\’s a nerve thing there and I just can\’t get it comfortable, and the meds for it take weeks to kick in. Horrid. Today the docs finally got me on some stuff that might help in the meantime, but it hasn\’t started yet.

Oh my gosh, this is not short AT ALL. Sorry. I\’m really bad at that. Okay, let\’s speed it up here:

- Was hoping to be out by this morning so I could be at the FORCE Benefit Concert I was sooo looking forward to.
- Had to miss it. Story of my life.
- Wanted to help make Hannah (suitemate) a birthday cake tomorrow. So much for that!
- On the plus side, they are having a Spa Day here tomorrow which sounds really rather excellent, and at least kind of makes up for the spa day I missed in my suite LAST time I was in the hospital…
- Oh, to explain the blog post: actually got a laptop to use here just yesterday (really two days ago since it\’s past midnight..)! unfortunately is dial-up, eeek, but better than nothing. also, had no clue what my blog password was until I realized I could just have a new one sent to me. Fantastic!

Okay, that\’s the end for now. I will keep you posted on when I get out IF EVER.


P.S. I am in the PRINCESS ROOM! I\’d take pictures except of course I was not thinking I\’d be stuck here for like a week and left everything at school, seriously I only have my Lit folder because that was the class I had right before we left (which btw I threw up right before AND right after, good for me), and wow this is the antithesis of short and actually has taken me about 20 minutes to write, so I am STOPPING RIGHT NOW. (the princess room really does rock though.)

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10 Responses to Hospitalized!

  1. ami says:

    Ok, so no pictures but tell us what makes a room a Princess room ? (besides the occupant) :-)

  2. elaine says:

    So sorry you’re stuck in the hospital Lauren…but I’m hopeful they will make that leg pain disappear pronto! I’ve been watching the beginnings of the Olympics and was wondering if you were able to go to Turino during your visit. I hope you have access to a television so you can take in the sites of your beloved Italy! Sending prayers and love your way….Elaine

  3. Peg Schubert says:

    Okay chickie,
    I sure hope you ar stuffing yourself silly while the nausea is at bay. Now that the tummy is under control, fattening up should become your new hobby. You already have all the equipment you need. Thinking of you and all the family and keeping you held up high in prayer. Lotsa love, Peg

  4. Moe money says:

    Hola chiquita, glad the nausea is gone, hope the legs stop hurting soon. Been trying to call a lot but you must be on the computer!! No big news here, just hoping your ok. Talk to you later babe.

  5. nessa says:

    sorry to hear that you are in pain. yay for the princess room though. Praying that the upcoming MRIs give us some good news. Miss ya and sending you happy vibes!

  6. Roger Frantz says:

    Good to be back in touch. Am sending a card for you to your home. Thinking of you and praying for you every day in every way.

  7. Mary says:

    I’ll keep you in my prayers! I hope the nausea gets better!


  8. Jon says:

    So, I put something very special up for you to watch. Dani and I LOVE this skit, hope you do. (Pretty sure you will, you have the same strange sense of humor as us.)

    Hoping your feeling better.

    madtv skit

  9. Pat Meyers says:

    Hey Lauren and Mary,
    Hope you have escaped the Princess Room by now…we are cooling our heels in the Sloan-Kettering 53rd Street waiting room in Manhattan. Nothing against pediatrics, but it is very fine to be waiting in a space where 18 is the minimum age rather than the maximum. Two internet computer terminals (that is where I am obviously), plasma screen TV with CNN instead of Barney, and all the coffee, tea and hot chocolate you might like to swill. I can’t believe I am so excited about spending two hours in a doctor’s waiting room…
    See you guys in Cville!


  10. Eve Tschetter says:

    Hi Lauren,
    Love you. I love your blog details. They are hilarious! When you get out of the princess room, Children’s and back home/school, you must look into writing a book about everything. It would be a best seller! You could go on Leno/Oprah.

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