We are preparing to say goodbye to dad. Most of you know that dad was diagnosed with Bronchioalveolar Carcinoma (they call it something else now) in 1992. It was very small and very slow growing and the decision was made to just watch it. For years there was no or very little change until a couple years ago it started to move a little faster. Not enough to start any kind of treatment, but enough to increase observational scans. He had slowly begun to struggle to catch his breath, but wasn't too concerned.
In September mom and dad took a vacation out to Oregon with some friends. They went through the smokey wildfire areas and were at high altitudes when dad started to really struggle to breathe. They came home a little early and went to the clinic where a CT scan showed the PE blood clots in his lungs and the cancer had grown. He was sent home with new medications but wound up in the ICU at Mayo in Rochester about a week later and stayed for just over a week where we learned the clots had grown and the cancer was now growing aggressively. We all met with the Mayo oncologist to discuss his cancer and options for treatment. It was learned that his type of cancer does not respond to chemotherapy and his biopsy showed that immunotherapy would not be an option. The decision had been made to do nothing and meet with Palliative Care to help manage the symptoms of his disease and make him more comfortable. We were hoping the clots would resolve and he would be able to breathe better and be more comfortable.
Unfortunately, that has not been the case. While the clots have resolved in his lungs, his breathing has become more labored with any activity causing great distress. He was admitted to Hospice on December 7th. Dad has decided he wants to stay at home and we will be with him. One of us girls is down there almost every day, just visiting, reminiscing and supporting. He loves to have people visit and enjoys seeing everyone that is important in their lives so feel free to contact mom, Kathy, Patty or Sharon about visiting. He doesn't talk much and snoozes a lot but he loves seeing everyone's faces.
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