Note: This is a part of a series of posts about DrG’s parents, who both suffered from and ultimately passed away from serious health conditions – his mom from multiple myeloma, and his dad from complications from a severe stroke. Over the course of their illnesses, he put up these posts. DrG thought about removing them, but ultimately decided to leave them up in the hopes that they would help other people.
Thank you all again for your well wishes, thoughts and prayers. I’m touched by the outpouring of compassion from everyone, thank you again!
I visited with my mom, and the news is mostly good. She’s out of the hospital and into a nursing / rehabilitation facility. She looks good and her mood is okay. Most importantly of all, she’s out of severe pain which has been the biggest issue these last 6 months and they have been able to drop her pain medication a little bit.
She still has a drain in her leg (yes, it is what it sounds like, a tube which allows fluid to drain out of the surgical area) but the amount of fluid draining has reduced dramatically – a good sign. She’s able to transfer in and out of her wheelchair, an EXCELLENT step!
She’s lost some weight, which is a bit of a good news / bad news thing for cancer patients. She was on steroids as part of her treatment protocol which, as anyone who has taken steroids for more than a few days knows, helps pack on the pounds. But wasting, loss of lean body mass, is one of the things which indirectly kills cancer patients, waste too much and you lose the ability to fight off infections, and that’s the primary killer in cancer. So, we’re glad to see she’s lost a little bit of the weight she gained from the steroids and are keeping an eye out to make sure she doesn’t lose more.
Our biggest concern right now is short term memory loss, which manifests as lost trains of thought and a little disorientation to time (primarily) and occasionally place. It’s not bad, but is uncomfortable to see, and scary for her, so we’re hoping as she continues to improve and (fingers crossed) we’re able to reduce her pain meds that this will go away.
I’ve been trying to get in touch with and playing some phone tag with her oncologist for the past few weeks, so I’m really hoping to talk with him this week and hear how everything is going.
What we’re hoping
She’s currently due to be discharged from rehab at the end of the month (barring any more complications) and we’re hoping that by end of March we can have her and my dad moved up to an assisted living facility in Seattle.
Once she’s there and if possible, I’d love to begin an aggressive alternative medicine plan to see if we can buy her some more time and better quality of life. We’ll see.
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