Originally Posted by M4dmartin
First time posting - My dad was admitted into the hospital 6 weeks ago and was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer 3 weeks ago. He is 67 years old and was a heavy smoker from the age of 15 until 60. He has it in both lungs and it has mestastized to his hip and spine. He received two weeks of radiation but we were told a week ago that further radiation and/or chemotherapy will not be attempted due to the progression of his cancer. Although normal prognosis is 4-6 months we are probably looking at 6-8 weeks due to his aggressive cancer and declining health (he also has emphysema and a history of pulmonary/respiratory ailments). My mom signed a DNR last week so we could get him home with hospice by next week. He is not on an IV fluids and eats very little (no feeding tube). He wears an oxygen mask, has developed a bed sore and is totally bedridden at this time. He has been receiving repiratory treatments to help with the congestion he has in his lungs. Yesterday his breathing has become extremely shallow and rapid (around 50 reps per minute). They tried to insert a tube through the nose to the lungs to suction out the congestion but it is too thick. I think he is developing pneumonia but he is not running a fever. His skin color is turning yellowish - I believe a sign of anemia since his nutrion is well below desireable. He is currently in a rehab/terminal care facility but I suspect he may be moved into a hospital ICU soon to deal with his health problems. My sisters and mother are questioning if he will make it home at this point. I guess I am looking to see if anyone can give me some insight/advise at this point.
IAM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR MIS FORTUNES.. HUGS AND KISSES FOR YOUR DAD AND LOTS OF PRAYERS...TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME.
I can not give you anyinfo as we are not this far into the game with Mom. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress with your Dad...