Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Carmen Resting at Home

I just heard from Wendy that Carmen is on her way home from the hospital.

She will be starting daily radiation treatments this week, so watch this space for a link to the helper volunteer calender.

Carmen to check out of Good Sam

Carmen was in a lot of pain after checking in to Good Samaratin last week, so on January 20 her doctors did surgery to put in a colostomy. This took a lot of pressure off of her bowels and she started feeling better soon after.

I saw Carmen on Saturday and she was in great spirits, even to the point where seriously considered sneaking out to go salsa dancing. Now that she is able to eat well, we expect that she will check out of Good Sam sometime in the next day or so.

Many of you stopped in to see Carmen and she was truly overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from friends and family. I think she even had to turn off her phone because all the daytime calls were interrupting her rest.

How to get a hold of Carmen

Carmen is weeks behind on her email, text messages, and voicemail. We have decided to set up this blog for ongoing communications.

To send her your best wishes, please click the comment button below and be sure to leave your name.



Carmen Hospitalized

From: twconnelly@upwardaccess.com
Subject: Carmen hospitalized
Date: January 21, 2009 8:41:43 AM PST

Hi All,

Things have gotten worse with Carmen very fast. She has basically been told by three different doctors that at this point, they can only try to make her more comfortable and try to extend her life. The tumor has put down roots into her organs and will not be removable. She has seen doctors from Providence and Good Samaritan, both of whom have been great, but was told the same thing.

On Monday, she went to Good Sam for an appointment with the doctor and was admitted straight into the hospital because she was in so much pain. Last night, she had emergency surgery to “install” a colostomy to relieve pressure on her bowels.

She will be in the hospital for three or four days and probably will not be in any shape to receive visits or phone calls, but I think cards and flowers would help show how many people love her. Let’s fill her room! If we all send some, I think it will lift her spirits considerably.

You can call an outside flower shop, or the gift shop at the hospital has a small assortment of arrangements that can be ordered.
Their website is: http://www.legacyhealth.org/body.cfm?id=898

Here is the address:

Carmen Martinez c/o
Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital
1015 NW 22nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97210
Room - 686

Most important – we do not know what kind of help she will need when she gets home. I don’t know if she will go to her house, or to her sister’s. If/when she goes to her house she may need a lot of assistance. Please stay tuned and I will try to keep you updated as best I can.