Feb 20, 2013 - 2:25 pm
My dad’s battle with cancer has been stopped. A few weeks ago I wrote about his parotid gland infection. Well, that turned-into a fast-moving sepsis, hospitalization, cessation of radiation treatments, insertion of g-tube, and scans that indicate the cancer has metastasized to the neck area of C3-4; C4-5. I guess I was “prepared” for lung/liver metastasis, but not the spine. All of this led to him becoming a DNR code. He spent two weeks in ICU/Pulmonary care and then was transferred to a SNF. Speech is unintelligible. Hallucinations and “visions” are common.
He is now re-hospitalized with aspiration pneumonia and palliative care has been assembled. When he learned that he was back in the hospital to be treated for his low O2 saturation, he clapped and mumbled, “One more chance.”
I know a lot of what I am writing has little to do with H&N cancer, but I thought his fellow warriors would want to know. You have helped me more than I can express and I thank you all for that.
I humbly ask for prayers for him and my family. And, selfishly, me. Know that I love you all and hope you continue your fight.
With heartfelt blessings…