June 22 – Part 2

There are a few things we do not know still, but here is the run down of things we do. Please forgive any typos as I am typing on my phone, always a challenge for me.

Kris has been complaining the last couple of days of having a sore throat. Last night she was admitted to the hospital because it was getting to a point where it was becoming extremly painful. At first they thought she had an infection in her throat and gave her iv antibiotics. At 5:30a this morning, I received a call from a nurse here at the hospital letting me know that the swelling in her neck had gotten to the point where it was affecting her breathing and they needed to intubate her and I needed to come.

About 30 minutes after the papers were signed to take her to surgery to drain the fluid, we received the final CT scan results and learned the swelling is not fluid, but in fact her lymph nodes. This brings with it a whole new set of questions as there was no cancer in the lymph nodes of her neck before.

Needless to say, I have been anxiously waiting to speak with her oncologist and the very kind nurse here has accommodated my requests to send him numerous messages of “When are you coming?” The latest I heard was around 5p.

Because she is on a ventilator, they have her sedated and she will remain so for the few days, unless the swelling goes down sooner. I have no idea if she knows the boys and Thomas and I are here, but I hope she does.

Please keep her in your thoughts. I will update once I know more


  1. MeLani says

    To Kristen and boys, and the family,
    You are in our thoughts daily. We are sending prayers, love, strength, and healing energy to you all.

  2. Laurie says

    One there thing I did forget to say. She was put into ICU here at Mayo but we are hopeful once this gets under control, we can get her back to the PCU.

  3. Aunt Debbie says

    So sorry for this news – thanks for keeping us updated. Know that you and the boys are in our prayers.

  4. Deb Davis says

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family to endure through this illness.

  5. Aunt Jill says

    Thanks for the updates Laurie. Praying for all of you and especially for healing for Kristen and wisdom for the doctors. Please let me know if I can do anything to help.

  6. Monica says

    Thank you Laurie, when my Dad was intebated a few years ago, he said he could hear people talking. He was in a crazy dream state. Talked to her. She will know. Tell her I love her and my church is praying for all of you.
    You are the best sister. Sending hugs to you all.

  7. Aunt Rene says

    Thanks for updating us Laurie. Sending lots of love and prayers your way. My church is praying for Kristen and family.

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