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Jan 15, 2017 Latest post:
Feb 13, 2017
Welcome to Mark's CaringBridge website. We (Pati, Jordan and Rachell), would love to be able to personally and individually respond to each and every text, email and call. As you might imagine, the number of inquiries have been amazing. Captain Nordic is clearly a well loved guy! Please feel free to send messages through this site. We will do our best to share them with Mark, when he is feeling up to it. And we will do our best to provide updates as we are able. Recent events: As many of you know, Mark was admitted to the hospital on Friday Jan 6th. He had been experiencing quite a bit of pain due to the tumor in his lower abdomen - pain that we could no longer manage at home. During our stay here we have learned that Mark has run out of treatment options. Simply put, Mark is dying. We don't know how long he has and we don't know where that will occur, but it will be relatively soon. We, his family, are devastated. Our goal for Mark is to keep him as comfortable (pain free) as possible, and to have him be as lucid as possible for as long as possible. Initial pain management using Morphine was not meeting this goal. He was extremely gorked out, and the pain was never completely gone. On Tuesday Jan 10 Mark was given a thoracic block (like an epidural) to help with the pain. It took two and half days for the morphine to leave his system and for the Markie (as we know him) to reemerge. The thoracic block seems to be working - no pain in the abdominal area and lower back! A secondary issue was/is also causing pain. He has a bowel blockage. We have been trying since he was admitted to get him to "go", thus far with very little success. The problem is that this is an additional source of pain and discomfort. And until this happens, Mark cannot eat. He is being hydrated via an IV, but no food by mouth. The battle to clear his bowels is ongoing, so pray for poop (We know, such a surprise that we're talking about poop!) We are requesting no visitors at the hospital at this time. While we appreciate the support everyone wants to lend, the thing Mark needs the most right now is rest. We (his family) currently have no specific needs. We are being well cared for by family and extended family. We will post updates if our needs change. Finally, we want to reassure you that the Capt'n knows how loved he is by this community, and how sad his is to be leaving it so soon. Love, Pati, Jordan, and Rachell