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oh kim...
I have been thinking about you and wondering and worrying about what is happening with you and Stan....you are so great to take the time to respond....

the ER's seem to be so crowded all the time...many times with people who shouldnt be there... we dont want to contribute to it... currently things arent great but manageable... I am trying so hard to be proactive and not REACTIVE....
the last time we had to go..they had to take him by ambulance when his chest tube came out...they almost had to take him to a hospital OTHER than the one we wanted...then "stabalize" him and then take him to where we wanted... but luckily they were able to accept him there....I just know he wont go to ER unless it gets really bad....

he has had a bad last couple of days.... today...new pain sites his left shoulder and he also said the backs of his knees :confused: this is along with the normal back pain... I put two 75mg patches on him today b/c he was taking his breakthrough meds more frequently...so I am hoping that this will help...
he is also on norco and liquid morphene drops...

he is back to not eating much again...everytime there is a set back like this...I dont know if it is temporary or it is the way it is going....

now I am feeling more pressure all the way around for hospice.. I dont think either one of us is ready mentally for it but his family and drs seem to be pushing that way....I know that it what you are dealing with now...how is it going? I am sorry you are having prob with the mets....
we have had problems recently where he has been coughing more and gets light headed...one time after a spell he started shaking for a minute or two...that was worrysome....I am also worried he will have a cough fit while up and walking and fall... a few months ago he coughed so hard he passed out ...this was before the dx... I think if he fell now it would really do major damage...like break something esp with the all the bone mets....

right now things arent perfect but the nurse is only here 1-2x a week so other than that he can semi feel like he has some control over his own life and some privacy...I feel like once hospice gets involved that will be taken away... just another step further away from the life we had just 3-4 months ago and one step closer to the inevitable...


I know it was hard enough to accept that he needed oxygen here...
but to tell him it is time to call hospice??? ....

i hate the pressure I am under to do it... I am being made to feel like I am doing him wrong... BUT.... if he isnt suffering and things are being controlled...
WHY DO WE NEED IT YET?? I was told that palliative can switch to hospice quickly....it is the same co...they just have to switch the case over...
he likes(tolerates) his nurse now... I am afraid for who gets sent with hospice... the first palliative care nurse was well meaning but awful...we lucked out with the second one...

Kim...my thoughts are with you right now... you are really going through so much... I know that you are further along that we are currently....I fear we will be there soon though.... esp if it is the tumor causing the shortness of breath.....

I was just so frustrated earlier... we have not asked for much with this cancer...not much treatment....very little hospital time... i just didnt think it was too much to ask for them to do this one thing to make it easier on him...

his Dr from the get go has not had much sense of urgency with him...has not really gone out of her way....you know we still have never gotten any full scans to know where it all is...maybe it doesnt make any difference.....I just feel like she is determined that he will die just as quickly as possible....

I dont want him to suffer but as long as he is not in pain and can hold a conversation with me I want him around as long as possible....I have had 10 years with him and face the possiblity of 40-50 without... I think a couple of more weeks/months isnt too much to ask.....