Dec 20, 2012 - 10:23 am
So my best friend was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer in the middle of my semester in school this fall. I live 3 hours south of her. It's really been rough. I have felt horrible about not being able to be there for her during this time so I've tried to be there in other ways. Sending her cards and trinkets in the mail every day. She said it's helped her have something to look forward to. I finally got a chance to go visit her last weekend. It was nice and horrible at the same time. She's had one unit of care and she's now waiting to have her follow up PET scan to see if the cancer is gone. But now she's been trying to get weened off the opiate based pain killers and having complications. She was told she would be thrown into menopause by the treatments and the opposite happened. She wound up bleeding for 2 weeks. Then while I was there she's been battling getting violently ill and throwing up. I called to see how she was doing yesterday and she sounds super weak. She recently was told she had gotten pneumonia from aspirating vomit & or mucus and has also been fighting a bladder infection. Yesterday I was told they are thinking there may be a GI issue. Seems like there has been one thing after another. I don't understand why they wouldn't admit her to help her deal with some of these issues rather than have her at home where she's not improving. I'm worried for her.