Caregiver gets creative to show support despite coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

Like many people, Albert Conner is avoiding unnecessary outings and staying at least six feet away from anyone not living in his immediate household, due to a local stay at home order intended to slow the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19. But he’s also dealing with an added layer of COVID-19 precautions: his wife, Kelly, is undergoing breast cancer treatment in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. And, like other hospitals in the Houston area, MD Anderson has temporarily stopped allowing visitors, in order to protect its patients and workforce members from COVID-19. That’s meant Albert has had to find creative ways to support Kelly during her chemotherapy treatments. New visitor restrictions means new plans for cancer treatment appointment Kelly was scheduled for a chemotherapy infusion on the morning of March 30, after she’d been diagnosed with stage II invasive ductal carcinoma, a type of breast cancer, two months earlier. Albert had accompanied her to all of her previous visits to MD Anderson in Sugar Land, the location closest to their home in Missouri City. But this was her first appointment since the new visitor restrictions had been implemented. This time, Albert either had to stay at home or wait outside the building until his wife was finished. “I think she handled it better than I did,” Albert says. “I was so stressed about it.” Albert Conner in the parking lot of MD Anderson in Sugar Land   Getting creative to show support during cancer treatment An hour after his wife left home for her appointment that morning, he drove his own car to MD Anderson in Sugar Land. He parked outside the infusion wing and pulled...