Update on Step-Dad Diagnosed in late Aug
On Aug 31, 2003 I posted "Non-small cell lung cancer & liver metastases". Six months later I would like to share what has come of this horrible illness for my step-dad.
Since he was diagnosed with Stage IV Non Small Cell Lung cancer with metastasis to the liver and bones and given up to 1 year to live, he has also developed congestive heart failure, an aortic aneurysm, and possibly primary prostate cancer as well. His feable body is eaten up with cancer.
He has just been treated for pneumonia again and we just found out he has another type of bacteria in his lungs. He has been put on oxygen at home.
After rounds and rounds of chemotherapy, treatment, and blood transfusions, the oncologist finally told us last week the chemo hurt him instead of helping him. They told him there isn't anything else they can do and they called in Hospice.
They aren't able to calm him. From what I've read, it sounds like terminal restlessness or agitation. He's on so much medication from Xanax, Ambien, Ativan, Methadone, Duragesic Patch, Loratab, Phenergan, Gaba something, and Remeron. They are trying new combinations and new drugs on a daily basis. Nothing is calming him and getting rid of the pain. He is constantly up and down out of the bed to the chair and back. He can't be still. Him and my mom (primary caregiver) have had many sleepless nights.
Last night he began coughing up lots of fresh blood from the bottom of his lungs. Mom said she could hear it gurgling in his chest before he coughed it up. This morning he is coughing up dried blood but the hospice nurse said this is to be expected at this late stage and will probably continue until he passes. The hospice nurse said she doesn't see how he can live another month.
He is suffering so bad. My prayers are with all of you and your families and I pray that your family members do not have to suffer the way my step-dad is suffering. I don't know how my mom is dealing with this!