Topic: Need Some Insight...How Long Please Be Honest

My dad was moved to hospice.  He is continually vomiting bile and can't eat.  How long can somebody last like that? 

He doesn't have an obstruction...all of the xrays and CT scans were negative for that.  He is getting ascites.  He has lost about 50 pounds and looks 90yrs old and he is only 66.

Typically what can I expect???

Re: Need Some Insight...How Long Please Be Honest

Crissie -
I am so sorry that it has gotten to this for you and your dad. Being in hospice lands you with the most caring hands at this point. I have worked with a lot of hospice patients over the years and every one is different (I know you get tired of hearing that). As long as he is keeping some fluids (even just a little) he can go some time. If he cannot keep fluids down then the time may be even shorter. If Lainy has not already sent it to you then have her send you her list of things to look for. It will help.
One thing I will say is that even if it seems that your dad is not awake and not able to hear you, keep talking to him. The understanding is that hearing stays even when someone is in a coma. Talk to him as much as you can. I have had people read newspapers, books or magazines. Hearing a loved ones voice can help ease anxiety.
So sorry it has gotten to this.

Hugs,
KrisV

Any advice given is based on my experiences and should not be substituted for any medical recommendations. Please speak with your provider before making any changes.

Re: Need Some Insight...How Long Please Be Honest

Crissie I have an article, I think I mentioned it to you before, and it is about the 10 Signs that the End is near. If you email me and request it (just click on my name to the left and my e mail will appear) I will send it right over to you also with some advise. I just don't like to 'open' post it.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

Re: Need Some Insight...How Long Please Be Honest

Crissie,

I'm so sorry it has come to this point.  No one can predict how things will go, but I think getting that information from Lainy will be a big help to you.   I also agree with what KrisV  posted above. 

Know that I am thinking of you  and keeping you and your dad in my thoughts and prayers.

Love & Hugs,
Darla

"One Day At A Time"

All of my comments and suggestions are just my opinions and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.   You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care providers.