Jan 06, 2004 - 12:22 am
My grandmother was diagnosed in May with two tumors in her lungs. There is one in each side. She went throungh radiation with no problem, and finished at the end of August. Starting in September, she has been in the hospital once a month. This time she has been there for a week now, and she is worse than ever. For about five days, the staff at the hospital was not giving her the steroids she was supposed to have. Now whe has an infection from her IV, a yeast infection from the antibiotics, a feeding tube because she can't eat or drink, and she is in constant pain from all the tests. Tonight, I was told that they think she may have another tumor in her back. I don't know what to do anymore. At night, I can't sleep, because she is not here. All I do is sit and cry, remembering my father and two uncles that died from cancer. This is so much harder I guess, because I've lived with her for 13 years. I've always been able to solve any problems that came up in our lives, but don't know how to solve this. Does anyone have any idea how I can start to cope with this? I need to work to pay the bills, but she wants me with her day and night. I have a hard time telling her no. She's 83 years old, and deserves better than what's getting now.