Feb 23, 2003 - 4:00 pm
I don't know where to start, but here it goes. My father was diagnosed on November 12, 2002 with non-small cell lung cancer, stage 4. It has went to the liver and to the lymph nodes. They gave him maybe 6 months without treatment. Maybe a year with chemo. Radiation wasn't an option nor was surgery. He didn't want the treatments, instead he wanted his quality of life. This all start on October 12, 2002 when he had pneumonia. He spent 2 weeks in the hospital, the first day there the doctors told us that they think there is a mass on his lung. But they had to wait until the puemonia cleared up, before they could do anything. He also has 3 blockages of the heart and both legs have blockages as surgery was not an option. Well he has been at home and since christmas things have changed. Hospice comes in 2 times a week. He is on oxygen 24/7. We had a bed put in his living room as he can't climb steps. He sleeps alot and started pain medication about a month ago. He has had a terrible itch that they can't seem to control. The last couple of days he has been nausea and vomiting. He is also having trouble with urinating and bowel movements. There are 6 of us kids, 3 of us work fulltime and 3 don't work. So we are taking turns. I guess my question is does anyone know what signs to look for when he starts to go down hill. I don't know what to expect and it scares me and my siblings. What is causing the vomiting? I am so obsessed with this that it is hard to concentrate on anything. I sleep for a couple of hours and then I wake up and he is the first thing that comes to mind. Please help me with any advice. Please help me.