Topic: Update on MIL
Thank you all for replying to my last post. It means so much to me to have all of your support. Lainy- you really are fantastic. So my MIL finished her 3rd round of chemo last Thursday. They did a blood test and that afternoon called her and said that she had to see a GI doc to see about a stent being placed. Her labs were elevated. The tumor appears to have grown larger and is now occluding one of her ducts. Chemo is on hold until we see if stent placement is possible and another CT done. The GI doctor was very direct and told my MIL and FIL that if the blockage was too high, that placing a stent would not be possible and that there was nothing left to be done for her. Even if the stent is able to be placed, I'm not sure if they will resume chemo since her symptoms just seem to be worsening.
I saw my sweet MIL today and I was saddened as she appeared slightly jaundiced to me. She didn't leave the couch all day, said it was nearly an impossible chore just to take a shower, and has only been able to have 2 sips of a shake all day. I am so so terribly saddened.
My husband and FIL seem to be a little more in touch with reality, which is good. I am just still so blown away how rapidly she has declined. This cancer is so so horrible. I am just so heavy hearted. I love this woman and seeing her decline like this is heart-wrenching. Her pain increased last week and she is now on 2 Fentanyl patches and 3 percocet as needed. I just wish she would go to the outpatient palliative care people at UCLA. What is the next medication used after the Fentanyl patches don't work anymore? Morphine patch? IV Morphine? Are we there yet?
Thanks again for all of your support...I truly mean that from the bottom of my heart.