At this point, Bob was in quite a bit of abdominal pain, also. We were actually returning to Louisville from Lexington on Monday when the oncologist called and said we should turn around and go to the emergency room at UK Chandler Hospital where he is located.
Bob spent a night in the hallway of the Emergency Department, then another in an observation room in the ED, and finally last night, got a room in the hospital. Unfortunately, it took until today (Thursday) for the schedule in the GI department to free up and take Bob in to get some stents inserted in his bile ducts to drain the bilirubin buildup in his liver. Of course, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (and my oldest son and his bride's anniversary!) is a great day to hand things over to a higher power.
The procedure was successful and the stents are doing what they need to do. Bob is uncomfortable, but resting. We should be able to go home tomorrow.
The GI doctors did warn us that there was damage to the liver because of the tumors that they could not repair, so it will not be back to normal, but it will be better. We were scheduled to go in for the immunotherapy chemo tomorrow, but that has been put on hold until Bob recovers and we meet with our oncologist.
Since I have not been home all week, my adult children have stepped in to help out, especially Maggie, who has been "mom" and sometimes teacher, to Mark, Cecelia and Thomas this week. Our homeschool community and our Regnum Christi family has also stepped in to help with meals and gas. My daughter, Elizabeth, drove up from Georgia to help us out too. Thank you to one and all. Sharing these hard times with fills me with gratitude to have you as part of my life. God bless!