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by raven97 on Sat Feb 18, 2012 03:52 PM
On Feb 18, 2012 3:56 AM Maria3512 wrote: Hi, how is your sister? My dad isn't doing well he's gotten worse very quickly. He doesn't talk at all anymore and doesn't wake up. Doctor says he has anywhere from hours to a few days. I hope your sister is still fighting and holding on.
On Feb 18, 2012 3:56 AM Maria3512 wrote:
Hi she is doing ok, she has chemo agian on wed. she talks as much as she can and we controll pain with drugs that do not make her sleepy in the day and at night switch. It sounds like your dad is in a coma? I am so sorry, my hope is that it he is in no pain. I have heard your loved one can still hear you in a coma. So sorry this is such a horrible cancer and I am sorry that you have to go though all of this. I will keep up on my updates its just been crazy here. I am going to give you a ((HUG)) and pray for your dad and you and your family.
by raven97 on Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:57 AM
Hello so the update is not so good. We were in the ER Thursday for her arm which fell out of socket due to loss of muscle on the paralyzed side. We went back yesterday due to her babbling nonsense because we thought she had a UTI urinary tract infection like before. But she does not so they are keeping her for a while. We will bring her home hopefully soon. I believe it has taken ahold of he brain again and the cancer has attached to the part that controls the speech. I really feel like she does not have long. I have just had this feeling this week was going to be bad.
by Maria3512 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 03:14 PM
by thebyrdsfriend on Wed Mar 07, 2012 04:11 PM
Hi there, I just wanted to add some imput about ativan. Ativan is an anti anxiety med, and some people really benefit from it. While my mom was dying, it helped her tremendously. Yes, the pain meds helped keep her comfortable, but the ativan, kept her anxiety, and fears at bay. I could watch the monitors and see how Ativan helped her. I also am a lung cancer patient. I used the anti-anxiety xanax. When you are a cancer patient you wouldn't believe how our minds cannot stop thinking of it. I'm just saying that I believe Ativan helped my mom tremendously. I not only wanted her not to feel pain, but I wanted her to be as worry free while she was awake as possible. End stage cancer is so hard to go through for everyone, but especially the patient. I understand how you feel. I truly do, and I send you prayers for God's Grace to envelope you all with his love and compassion. God Bless us all, Byrd
by Maria3512 on Thu Mar 08, 2012 01:51 AM
by thebyrdsfriend on Thu Mar 08, 2012 01:36 PM
God Bless you for caring so much. My mom, unfortunately, did not have lucid moments, so the ativan helped. She was in ICU for 6 weeks, with a ventilator, and never spoke, or communicated with us during that time. It was a terrible time for us all. Your circumstances are different, so thanks for making me understand.
I hope you all take care of yourselves too, and I wish for strength for you all also.
by raven97 on Thu Mar 08, 2012 04:29 PM
Hello Maria, We are on hospice now. She had to have her port removed as it was infected with MRSA in her blood. She will come home to die soon and I have met with all the hospice staff. The Chemo has stoped working now and there are solid tumors wrapped around parts of her brain. She cant answer well and with food I have her look at what she wants and stare at it. Also I ask one question at a time then reverse it to make sure I am getting what she wants. She is on lorizapam to keep her calm. This is the hardest thing I have ever done. Close to it was my own chemo and cancer but that makes me very qualifiyed to take care of her as I would like to be treated if I die from my cancer. This preps me for that in a strange way. Stay strong as well!
by Maria3512 on Fri Mar 09, 2012 06:14 PM
by Maria3512 on Sun Mar 11, 2012 08:16 PM
by thebyrdsfriend on Sun Mar 11, 2012 08:43 PM
Dear Maria, I am so sorry for your loss. You've been so wonderful and kind to your father, and I know your heart is breaking. I'm sure your dad was comforted by your presence. God Bless you
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