Bob's Journey began about a week ago tonight. On Friday April 7, 2017 after a couple weeks of not feeling well and a variety of other symptoms Bob went to the Emergency Room in Rochester at the Mayo Hospital St Mary's campus. Some of his symptoms included nausea and vomiting, lower body edema, right abdominal pain, vision changes and some word finding issues. Once in the Emergency department he also was noted to have severe jaundice (yellowing of the skin) and a mass was discovered in his liver. Over the past week many tests have been done and Bob has received wonderful care. The test results have revealed a number of medical issues, Bob has sustained a mild stroke most likely in the days prior to his hospitalization, in addition he has blood clots in both of his legs. Unfortunately we received final test results of his liver mass in the past 24 hours. The mass in his liver is cancerous specifically an aggressive adenocarcinoma. In the week he has been in the hospital his liver function has rapidly declined. Today we met with the medical staff including Oncology, Palliative care and his medical doctor. The informed us after review of all of the testing his cancer most likely started in another location near the liver and the mass in his liver has taken over a large area within the liver. Due to the damage the liver has already sustained and the location of the mass, neither surgery or chemotherapy are able to stop the progression. Given he has had a 25% decrease in liver function Bob and the family have decided to make the most of the time Bob has with us.
In the midst of the past week of events, Bob and Sheryl had previously sold their home and had scheduled to move to a new senior housing apartment with their move in date being today. So the family has pulled together to finish packing their town home and today we moved all their belongings to their new location at Homested in Rochester.
Bob is very anxious to see his new home and the medical team is helping the family arrange hospice so he can go home on Monday. I know like our family to many of you this is a shock and many have reached out via phone to speak to Sheryl and Bob. The out pouring of love and support are much appreciated however with such a large community of family and friends it is becoming more difficult for Sheryl to keep up with phone calls ,text messages etc. For this reason we will be updating this site daily or as needed. We would ask that you check the site for updates before contacting Sheryl or family so they may spend as much time as they can with Bob instead of on the phone.
That being said, Bob does love visiting and seeing friends and family, so please do visit. He will be at St. Marys in Rochester until Monday at least. Then we will transition him home. We will be setting up a schedule for family and friends to sign up to help Bob and Sheryl out. We would like to have at least one person with Bob and Sheryl at all times as he will need assistance. Currently he is able to walk short distances and sit up in the chair etc. When we get the schedule set up we will post how to sign up on this site. As Bob continues his journey we will also use this site to communicate good times to visit and when he may need quieter times.
Thank you for all your love for Bob and our family.