Topic: Bad news
They admitted my father into the hospital this week. After previous treatments of 5-FU and radiation and now 7 wks of Gemzar, the CT scan shows that the cancer has significatly increased and that it is very aggressive. I'm afraid we're are now finished with futher treatments. It is very difficult and my mother is taking it very hard. My parents are considering moving closer to family for family support. In fact, us kids are trying to convince that they need to. We're afraid for my mother to have to deal with this alone especially what I've read will be the end of life symptoms.
I've read several posts but am still wondering what to expect. And mom wants to know what to expect. We are all suffering so much and I can't help but feel so angry. My dad is only 68 yrs old and was living life fully, travelling with my mom and enjoying life before this terrible disease hit him in Nov 2007. I love my dad so much. Mom and dad will be married 49 yrs this coming November. And they've been boyfriend and girlfriend since mom was 10 yrs old. They've known each other ever prior to that. She is suffering so much and can't imagine life without him.
Please tell us what you know to expect. We're wondering whether hospice is only a once a week visit or do they do more. What kind of pain and symptoms?
Today dad received communion, confession and the sacrament of last rites. He's been very tired and only moves from the hospital bed to the chair and to the bathroom. He doesn't watch TV, read nor listen to music right now while he's in the hospital.