Our Founder of this site, Christine Druther
has had a major setback.
suffered a stroke in the past week, and the doctors found a small tumor in her
brain that's affecting her
ability to walk.
has been taken to a skilled nursing facility for rehab.
All of this is very hard on her
2 daughters, Danielle and Debra, and they would appreciate any one in the area that can visit to do so, and the rest of us to send cards to let Chris know how much she
means to all of us.
Danielle sent me this message before Chris
was moved to the skilled care facility.
I haven't had a chance to really sit down with any of her
doctors yet but I talked to one last night that said the mass of scar tissue that's been in her
cerebellum for some time now has grown and is probably responsible for why she's
unable to walk (what I took her
in for) and it's surrounded by inflammation, which they want to treat with decadron.
The only thing that makes me nervous about that is the effects that particular steroid has on blood sugar, considering my mom has taken it before and now has diabetes because of it.
The stroke showed up in her
MRI but as far as i can tell, she's
base level behaviorally and there's no particular weakness on either side specifically that I've seen.
I'm just not sure if she
will walk again or if the anti inflammatory properties of the steroid will help restore better function to that area of the brain.
Lets send her
all our love and prayers with an avalanch of cards!
has done so much for all of us!
To send a card to let her
know we are thinking of her
Emeritus of Carmel Valley Room 185
13101 Hartfield Avenue
San Diego , CA 92130
Last I heard Christine
still needed to use a wheelchair and was getting physical therapy in the rehab center.
Hi Jackie... so upsetting to read this, is there an update on Christine?
I am so sorry to learn of this and Christine
will be in my prayers.
I figured after a few months now, I owed you all an update on Christine
, and I apologize for the delay.
As I'm sure many of you know, sometimes you just want to make it to a stable place before giving all friends and family a status.
But I just wanted to thank every single one of you who has sent Christine
all of the cards, letters, pictures, and gifts for your thoughts and consideration.
All of us love your mom and loved your dad and we appreciate any and all information about Christine
Now that we know Christine
is still at Emeritus of Carmel Valley, I hope another round of cards will arrive there.
I want to send Christine
a Christmas Card.
Plus, it shows all of the nursing staff there that Christine
is not 'just another patient' -- she's
achieved and accomplished so much in her
time, namely in breast cancer advocacy, and although her
dementia has made it hard for her
to communicate that, she
certainly gets a kick out of being able to show her
CNAs just how involved in advocacy she
become much more engaged in conversation.
can only say so much at a time before she's
somewhat lost focus on what she
was saying, but her
memory is good and her
reactions are appropriate to the subject, and she
can still finish the lines of all of her
The only problem I have is that she's
lost a tremendous amount of weight.
was traditionally a size 12 or so, and now I bought her
something from Target
in a small size and it still seemed a little bigger.
The nursing home's social worker asked me if I would want to put her
in hospice, saying that because of how much weight she's
been losing, many nurses working with her
feel like 'it's time'.
However, when talking to Mom about it (as, of course, I want this to be HER
decision while she's
still capable), she
said that she
still has an appetite, still wants to eat, and doesn't feel like she's
ready for hospice at all.
Some days when I bring in soup (or sneak in dessert for my 27th birthday last week), she
will eat the entire thing, so I know an appetite is still there and this isn't one of those moments where she's
'given up' on eating.