| | end stage journey
I think my mom may be in her final phase of her journey battling this lung cancer. It is so scary and upsetting to watch her loose her capacities. Now it seems she can no longer stand or walk. I want to know what we may expect...
Mom, 69, has lung cancer that, after a year, went to her brain, and a year later went to her liver. Last year, when it went to her brain, she had whole head radiation for a month and was on Decadron for several months following. This made her very weak and has severally reduced the quality of her life, although it is understood it was necessary to reduce swelling in the brain. Now she is just about bedridden. Each week she gets much weaker and now her legs seem useless.
She has been in an assisted living facility for the last few months and this care is supplemented with care from me, my sister, and a personal caregiver. I have been bringing her to my home and on outings but it has come to where I can't really get her on and off the modified toilet or in and out of bed and the trips out of the facility are exhausting her. Her spirit is willing but her body is loosing groud fast. It is so sad. Now they are talking about a catheter which I am sure she will hate...but the aides at the facility can't move her. I feel pretty helpless. We have a hospice team but the nurse says mom seems 'fine' to her.