Small study showed high accuracy but hurdles remain, two experts said
by momhascancer47 on Tue Nov 15, 2011 09:38 PM
My Mom was moved to Hospice care last Thursday on recommendation from her oncologists. Friday the doctor was giving her one or two days to live because for a few days she had not be able to eat or drink anything at all and could barely wake up at all. On Saturday and Sunday she had no radiation treatments of course since that was the week-end. We told them to hold off on the radiation treatments because it seemed that was why she was so tired she couldn't even swallow even though her oncologist said that radiation doesn't make someone tired. (I knew better.) Monday morning she woke up, opened her eyes, was able to whisper speak a little and drank and drank water, ensure, and coke and ate some ice cream and applesauce. She said she couldn't get enough to drink. No wonder - she had no IV and was unable to swallow she was so tired from the radiation treatments. She had 6 so far. Yesterday and today she has been the same. She even asked my sister for her vitamins. It seems she's trying to help herself :( I don't think she realizes she's in Hospice care (even though it was blurted out to her when they were getting ready to move her there). When I got ready to leave last night, she whispered to me, "Getting better." :( Probably so I wouldn't worry :( She has no IV and won't be getting blood transfusions since she's in Hospice. To me, it's like we are letting her bleed, thirst, and starve to death. It hurts so bad to see this. Does anyone know if a person can recover from liver failure? That's why the doctors said to put her in Hospice because they "thought" she was in liver failure. Her bilirubin is at 4.7 and ALP is 7.91. I know the radiation has helped her stomach tumor because the doctor said yesterday that the bleeding has stopped for now. I feel like they gave up too quickly on her and put her in Hospice too quickly. Please respond if you know anything about liver failure. Thanks so much.
by SusanLB_1 on Fri May 11, 2012 01:45 AM
Wow. That is awful. It doesn't sound like you are getting the answers from anyone. Can she be taken off hospice care? Won't the Doctors give you any help?
by marciacrawford on Fri May 11, 2012 02:12 AM
Hi don't give up, I knew someone who was in severe liver failure T.bili was 39 and lived. Please don't despair, if God say you are going to live you will. Please pray....
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