I was just wondering if this would say anymore than I already know.
As it is, I know a bit more now. I'm back in Greece now, due to return home to UK with Mum Sunday.
I left her yesterday, to travel to the mainland, back to the hospital, to pick up any notes/stuff that I can take back to UK.
Well, the Doc gave me a brief covering letter, a piece of paper with the aforementioned CA etc stuff, and a pile of her latest (2 weeks ago) CT scans.
I asked him why he wasn't considering surgery again, and he said it's because she has MULTIPLE lesions to her liver. Yes, there is a huge one, 10cm. But there are others too.
So, he said chemo is the only option.
I will take all the stuff back to UK, and see if we can't get a second opinion, but to be honest, it doesn't sound good.
When I asked her if (before I heard the MULTIPLE word), if she would consider surgery again if it were an option in UK, she said she isn't keen to go through all that again. And she is also not keen on the idea of chemo. If it were going to cure her, she said she would give it a go, but as it isn't likely to do much at all, she says she doesn't want to have a potentially nasty treatment.
I tend to see her point. What is it likely to do?
The thing is, my Mum has had a good life, and see's no point in having any treatment, if it isn't going to cure her. She wants what time she has left, to be as pleasent and easy as possible. Unfortunately, if she stays here in Greece, she will most likely end up in hospital, where she would die. She wants to come back to UK, so that she will have access to decent palliative care.
She is looking forward to English supermarkets/food, and English TV, and some home comforts!! Her life is very basic in her caravan. No running hot water. No flushing toilet. A 2 ring cooker. I think it will just get more and more difficult for her here, and she will not have the services available that we have in UK.
Having said all this, I will urge her to get a second opinion when we return home. But I must also respect HER wishes! I might want to grab at any available option, because I don't want her to die. But given the fact that she is happy to let go, who am I to try and talk her into anything that may reduce the quality of what time she has left?
I'm just glad that she has decided, for herself, that she wants to return to UK, and that I can be there for her, and can share whatever time she has left.
Just wish it hadn't come back quite so bloody soon.