Oct 30, 2012 - 6:55 pm
Hello all -- I am new on this board. I am the primary caregiver for my mother who has stage 4 lung cancer. She went through chemo treatments and 2 drugs but her cancer has continued to grow and has now spread to her liver. She's presently at my house with hospice care. She was in the inpatient facility last week for uncontrolled nauseau -- they now say it's not really nausea, but the mucus in her lungs making her throw up 3 or 4 times a day. In the past 6 weeks, she has gone from walking, being able to go to the bathroom, heating something to eat to being completely bedridden and now using a bedpan -- still throwing up in the bed. She says she can't move herself or sit up, etc. She has lost almost 90 pounds but was about 60 pounds overweight at the beginning and eats hardly anything. Her mind is sill good, though. Anyway, hospice tells me that she still has months left (possibly 6 months). I have read on another board of people up walking around a week before they died. Is this common for someone to last this way for as long as 6 months? I don't want her to die, but she is miserable and I am exhausted!