Jan 12, 2017 Latest post:
Oct 16, 2017
Mickeys story began back in July,2016. He is one that has a lot of health problems, it seemed everything that could go wrong did go wrong for him. We attributed his symptoms to previous problems he has had such as neuropathy in legs and arms from severe nerve damage from back and neck surgeries. He also has a very bad history of vascular problems , and had several surgeries to correct those. In the month of June, Mickey had his lower bottom teeth pulled to have dentures placed. This was on the left side of his face and the front, total of 10 teeth removed at once. Seemed like after that oral surgery everything just started happening. He was complaining of neck pain on the left side, up to his ear and headaches. This went on for sometime, along with other symptoms of hurting all over with worsening pain in arms, legs, etc. we continuously saw his health declining and blamed it on the previous health issues he had. He had got to where he couldn't rest at night, having night sweats really bad, pain in ear, bouts of nausea and vomiting. He had been to doctors so much in the past, he didn't want to go to doctor or back to oral surgeon to find out what was going on. He continued to worsen and on the evening of July 27th, I came home to find him and his full body was jerking, couldn't walk, couldn't hold anything, was confused,breaking out in sweats. Called 911 and was transported to hospital. After getting to hospital, he continued to worsen. He was dehydrated, and after running some test it came back showing that he was in renal failure! We were in shock. Not only did it show renal failure, but the doctor told he had rhabdomyolysis( muscle breakdown). We had no idea what this was and Doctor admitted he didn't know what had caused all this. We were in shock and confused as to what had caused this.The doctor began asking questions about Mickey, if he worked out alot, if he had an kind of traumatic injuries, etc. The doctor said sometimes infection in the body could cause this to happen. When he said that, we remembered the dental surgery he had just had in June. This gave the docs I guess something to go on. They ordered a facial and head Ct scan to check for an abscess. When this scan was done, the radiologist saw something that made him want more studies done, which was followed by a CT of the neck and Ct of the chest. Little did we know that this nightmare only got worse. The next morning when we returned to the hospital the doctors met with us and talked with us and they said that Mickey had a huge mass in his right lung and large swollen lymph nodes in the mediastinum and up into his neck. They told us that they were pretty sure it was lymphoma, but they scheduled with a surgeon, very quickly because what ever this was, it was very aggressive. The biopsy of lymph node in his neck was scheduled for Sunday morning and the pathologist was called in too. They were very much concerned about this and the urgency of it. Sunday morning we went back to hospital and wanted to be there, cause the surgeon was doing the procedure early. Me and both of our daughters Wendy and Ashley, were waiting in waiting room and the surgeon came in and asked if he could speak with us in the consultation room! We looked at each other and our hearts dropped. We knew this couldn't be good, anytime they call you in the "room" it's not good. We took a deep breath and stepped into "the room", the surgeons words were,"I'm sorry, it's not lymphoma, it is metastatic lung cancer". Stage IV. I totally fell apart, we all 3 work in the medical field and we knew this wasn't good at all. Our hearts were crushed that day and this long journey began....