Douglas Ashby

First post: Oct 17, 2022 Latest post: Jan 6, 2024
On Thursday October 6th 2022, our world got turned upside down. Douglas had been having vision problems for a few weeks, but assumed it was just age related changes. It increasingly got worse and I was getting concerned. To expedite the process, I called my sister in law, Tammy, who works for outstanding Ophthalmologists. He was able to be seen that day. After a thorough exam it was determined that Doug's eyes weren't the issue and an MRI was needed. We rushed over to the VA -where he is seen for primary care. They immediately sent us to the ER at McKenzie Willamete hospital in Springfield. The MRI revealed a mass on Douglas's brain. It appeared to be roughly one inch by one inch. This was serious. After waiting for hours we were able  to get admitted to Sacred Heart Peace Health Hospital at Riverbend. The next day, a CT scan revealed there were no other tumors anywhere else in his body. That was a HUGE relief. However, other imaging showed the doctors the mass on his brain was located in the thalamus- very deep and risky territory in the brain-thus rendering it inoperable. A biopsy was scheduled for that afternoon at 2pm. The procedure took about 4 hours. He ended up having to be in the PACU for nearly 24 hours! So scary. ( PACU
stands for post anesthesia care unit)

After nearly a day, Douglas was able to get a room in the ICU. The neurologists were impressed how quickly he was recovering after such an invasive procedure. A day later he was able to get a regular room on the neurology floor. Lots of sitting around waiting for answers! By last Wednesday the 12th we still were waiting at the hospital for pathology results.  We met with an oncologist  for a potential game plan and he scheduled us to see him in his office the following week. A gracious neurologist told us, " there's no place like home" to wait for results, so we packed up and came home. It was so good for Doug to be back home, breathing the fresh country air and seeing our menagerie of chickens! I've been helping with medications and his pain is under control and he is sleeping so very well. What a blessing. We still have not heard the pathology reports. Today at 1:00pm we meet with our Oncologist to go over everything. Today will be life matter what the results reveal.  Please keep Douglas in your hearts today and everyday. He's so brave. And he will fight.

All my love,


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