Jun 05, 2012 - 7:39 pm
My dad was diagnosed with invasive bladder cancer in December 2011. He had his bladder, prostate and surrounding lymph nodes removed February 28, 2012, 3 days after his 71st birthday. He attempted chemotherapy in December and January, but was unable to tolerate. He was very weak, so they decided to go ahead with radical cystecomy with iliad conduit. Since his surgery, the ostomy bag leaked constantly every day. The Urologist wanted to move the stoma when he was stronger. He was in and out of the ER, hospitalized with infections, he had a staph infection in the wound where they opened him up, had a wound vac, home health care. In April after numerous visits from home health care nurses and recommendation from the oncologist, dad was placed in a nursing/rehab facility in Pensacola, Florida. He was there just shy of two weeks. We were visiting him on a Saturday, planning on bringing him home on Tuesday. He was complaining of stomach pain and had been having diarrhea for over two weeks. I noticed he did not each much of his lunch. My mother finally asked the nurse to call the doctor. He was then taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital where he was admitted with dehydration, infection and they said he had a bowel blockage. By Sunday evening they were prepping him for a colonoscopy with GOlytely, magnesium citrate, fleet enemas. He never moved his bowels. He was throwing up. By Wednesday, still the same, still giving him magnesium citrate. He wouldn't really open his eyes, when he did, it would be for a very short time, and he was looking up at the ceiling. He was still urinating in the stoma bag. They placed an NG Tube and were suctioning a black fluid from him. When they finally took him back for the colonoscopy Wednesday late morning, they punctured his colon. We heard over the intercom "Rapid Response Team" to Endoscopy. It was my dad. He went into cardiac arrest. They did emergency surgery and he had a colostomy and iliostomy as well. The next time we saw him, five grueling hours later, he was on life support in CCU. He died two days later. I will never get over this. What he went through.