Boy has this been the longest 5 months of my mommas life!!! Not to mention mine as well! Being a caregiver is extremely stressful! I feel like I am leading two totally different lives.
Anyway, my momma is not doin the greatest. To recap, she has primary lung cancer with mets to the brain(1 tumor in the brain stem) and now a tumor has popped up in the humerus bone in her right arm(and of course she is right handed, silly cancer) AND her bone is fractured as well. Whew, how much more can a body take? Oh wait, that's right, I forgot about the diabetes that almost killed her in the beginning of this journey and now most recently the staph infection she is still fighting that reared its ugly head into her left knee.
Sooooo, she was in excruciating pain with her arm and her knee when she was at home. I called her family doc and they said to take her to the ER. So we are in the ER for about 5 hours and we are finally called back to a room. Come to find out that she is so anemic that they had to give her 2 bags of blood cause she was losing blood somewhere. Then they also said that she has septic arthritis in her knee. At midnight they finally admitted her to the hospital where she spent the next 2 weeks. They took blood and found the staph infection in her knee.(septic arthritis/staph infection same thing? I don't have a clue) Finally, they put her under to clean her knee out. They cleaned most of the infection out of there and also did an x-ray on her arm and found the tumor and fracture. So I am all by my lonesome in the waiting room when they are cleaning out her knee and in walks the doc to update me and in a very loud manner proceeded to tell me that the surgery on her knee went well and they found the tumor in her bone. Say what?!?!?! I then proceeded to tell him, sarcastically of course, that I no longer liked him, and what is the next step? He told me that they will wait for the infection to get out of her system and then do surgery on her arm by taking out as much of the tumor as they can and put a rod in there to prevent further breakage of her arm. If they can't get all of the tumor out then they will do radiation to the rest of it. Now they are talking about doing either a full or partial shoulder replacement. Man does it ever end? Oh wait, again of course it doesn't, I forgot about the staph infection that they also found in her shoulder, she had to go under again to have that cleaned out too!
Well, she is in her 3rd week away from home in a rehab center where she has been for a week. They are tryin to get rid of all of the infection so they can do surgery on her arm. I also forgot to mention that she hasn't had the thing she needs the most right now which is the chemo!!! She hasn't had any chemo treatments since all this went down and that is making me and her also very very nervous!!! What to do, what to do, but sit around and wait to see what happens next.
I am exhausted to the point of no return it feels like and I can't even imagine how my momma feels. She is on constant pain meds(percocets and oxycodone) but atleast that takes the pain away.
The good things about all of this so far is that: 1. She is constantly hungry, eating all the time, 2. She hasn't lost any weight, 3. All of her vitals are strong! So atleast there are some good in all of this bullcrap. Her spirits are so so as they tend to go up and down with twists and turns along the way like the rollercoaster she is on! Well I think that about does it! That's enough right?
To whoever reads this or replies, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart! It helps me sooooo much to write it all down and know that somebody else actually reads it and gives us advise or just a happy thought helps tremendously!!!
Thanks for listening! Don't forget to breath and cancercankissit!!!!!