Small trial suggests the scans might help, but experts aren't so sure
by Peggy10 on Sun Nov 07, 2010 08:35 PM
Okay guys, I haven't been on this site for a while, although I always read the newsletter and keep up to date with the discussions. I have a long story - bottom line is mum was diagnosed 09/09/09 - we thought we were going to loose mum last christmas and she made a fantastic recovery as it turned out that she simply had a blocked stint, once replaced mum improved dramatically. In february/march mum had 6 weeks of radiation, then more chemo - then a few weeks break and shes just finished 2, 2week cycles of oral chemo - Xeloda - mum was to start a 3rd cycle tomorrow, but she just hasn't pulled up from the last round - shes now approx 7st - thats drop from 11st - barely eating and in bed most of the day - when shes awake shes very bright, but at this stage that is in total 6 hrs a day max. Has anyone any ideas - are we coming near the end - should we encourage her to get up or should we leave her rest - she has the will, but really hasn't got the energy ,,, its just so hard to get the balance right. This is very different to last year, when really her whole body was dying and she was loosing the will, this time when she is awake, shes very lucid..
by mebenz31 on Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:00 AM
Hi Peggy, I am so sorry your mum is not doing well..... I remember my Dad sleeping alot near the end, so many people here have posted about the never ending sleeping. I don't know about your mum but we could never have gotten my Dad to get up, he was a huge sports nut and he slept thru it all. It is very sad to see them sleep thru the time they have left but, I just dont think they can help it. Does she have any other symptoms? like acities or a decrease in urination. Those would be some end stage symptoms to look out for. The fact that she is barely eating is not a good sign..... I know how you feel, I was in your shoes last year..... I wish I could tell you something that would help but, pc sucks.......
by MommiesGirl on Wed Nov 10, 2010 03:33 AM
Hi Peggy,I am so sorry to hear about your mom... what I can tell you is sleeping alot is a sign the end is near, but it could just be that her body is wore out so she is sleeping... how is her eating and drinking? Has your mom seen her doctor lately? I know how tough it is to see your mom like you are.. I have been there with my mom... if you ever need to talk, please feel free to message me...
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