Barbara Bates

First post: 8/22/2017 Latest post: 11/10/2017
I just discovered this website and have decided to put updated information here. 

First, thank all of you who have been praying and holding Barb, Jane and me in your thoughts. They  are greatly appreciated.

For those of you who have not yet heard, we took Barbara to the ER last Tuesday  (8-15-2017) because she was wheezing and coughing a lot. After X-rays and an MRI, they decided that she had cancer in the upper lobe of her right lung. They took a biopsy and the first results were inconclusive. They found no cancer markers. 

Yesterday they came Back with the results that she had squamous cell carcinoma. That is a cancer caused by smoking.  (Barbara has smoked for 43 years.) We do not yet know the stage of the cancer. This morning at 10:30 Barbara and Jane were taken to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla for a PET scan to determine if the cancer is anywhere else. They did a scan of the brain a couple of days ago and found no cancer there. 

In addition to the cancer, Barbara has MSRA. So she is now without a roommate and anyone going into the room needs to dress with a protective gown and gloves. We are not recommending visitors at this point. They are not treating the MRSA until after the PET scan.

Barbara is in good spirits. She is determined that she will be okay. (“I’m a survivor”) She has not had a cigarette for a week and has noticed the clean feel of her mouth and the taste of foods. She is on a nicotine patch – the lightest one they have and she is on anti-anxiety meds. Her greatest concern is food. They have scheduled and then rescheduled tests where she could not eat for 5 or 6 or hours before hand. So she has missed meals (which aren’t so great anyway.) We have supplied her with food at those times and others.

In closing, we are very hopeful that this will turn out well. Jane has been spending everyday with Barb in the hospital. I have been kept busy with architectural projects and have not been able to be there that much.

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