May 06, 2003 - 4:32 pm
My husband was diagnosed with stage IV nsc lung cancer in Jan 2003. The cancer has mets to brain, bone,liver,adrenal glands. He has had radiation to the brain & lung (surgery was not an option) along with chemo. The Drs. have said that the treatment isn't to cure but to give him alittle more time. He has had such a good attitude & says he wants to stay in treatment as long as the Drs think it's helping. The problem is that he has so much pain due to the bone ca that he has to take 60mg of oxycontin twice a day plus oyxcontin drops when the pain gets too bad. This causes him to fall asleep all the time but at the same time he won't lay down & go to sleep. As I'm typing this he has fallen asleep at the dinning room table. He has fallen several times because he is so groggy he can't keep his balance. He has continued to smoke so I'm afraid he's going to burn the house down. I'm so stressed feeling like I need to watch him all the time. He says he wants to keep his independence as long as possible & resents that I'm always hovering around him. I haven't really been able to talk to his Dr about it because he always plays it down when I bring it up. If any one has any insight into this please let me know I'm at my wits end.