Nov 08, 2010 - 12:55 am
Hi My name is Pam. My dad was diagnosed on June 29th , 2010 of having esophageal cancer. Went through all the test, EUS, Endoscope, cat scan, then PET scan then we find out it is in his stomach. Dr's told us it probably started in his stomach. By the time they discovered it he was stage III . From that point he started chemo and radiation treatments for 6 week's. That was a really rough road . We live an hour away from where his drs and the cancer center is . I had to drive him there 5 days a week for 6 week's .... during that time he didn't really get sick from the chemo but lost even more weight, started bleeding and dehydrated, he was hospitalized twice just after his treatments for being severely dehydrated and blood transfusions. First time was only 2 units, second time was 5 units and this last hospital stay he got 5 units of blood and tons of fluids. Dr put in a PEG tube back in June. so he has been only being able to take liquids through his mouth. he is on morphine sulfate and also diurgesic patch for the pain. during the first PET scan drs told us the tumor take's up 1/2 to 2/3rds of his esophagus. Now that all the treatments are done we had a CTscan and PET scan and get results on wed of this week.we do know from the last hospital stay and they did the ct scan that the tumor is still very large. drs want to remove his stomach and esophagus and reroute his colon. He said it was a very brutal surgery and tough to recover from so he has to be up to par to be able to have it and the last pet scan has to show that it hasnt spread anywhere else. his stage was T3N1M0 when we started. in the last 2 week's he has been in sooooommmmme severe pain even with the pain meds... the other day we called EMS to take him to the hospital because we weren't sure waht was going on as it turns out he was in just that much pain.... god it broke my heart to listen to my dad groaning in pain...
My mother's health is bad also . they adopted 2 of their grandson's 5 yrs ago. they are 10 and 5 so needless to say I have completely taken over the house as far as cleaning, cooking, shopping, taking mom and dad to the drs ,taking care of the boys, I live next door to them so that make's it a little easier. My mother in law live's with me and my husband as she just in a yr time had to have 2 of her toes amputated because of diabetes. so i am taking care of my house also..... I will be honest there have been time's i have wanted to just scream.... and say okay enough is enough but God has placed me here in this situation and I know he will see me through it. that is what keep's me motivated and the fact that I love my parent's more than anything in the world ....
any input I can get would be greatly appreciated. I don't know what road we will have to take from here I jsut pray that it will be will less pain for my dad.