The holidays did prove challenging in getting a hold of doctors and getting some answers about pain management and further treatment. The procedure showed better bloodwork results--the bilirubin levels continued to move toward normal. However, the abdominal and back pain continued to worsen. Bob's primary care physician was able to control the pain somewhat, but we didn't have any answers about future treatment.
We were finally able to meet with the oncologist specialist at the University of Kentucky on January 14. The treatment that was suggested was not yet approved by the insurance company and had a very slim chance of working with some debilitating side effects. Bob's abdomen was getting more bloated and painful daily and it was decided not to pursue the treatment. We ended up in the emergency room again...this time in LaGrange Baptist Hospital. The CT scan showed extensive tumor invasion and progression in every area of his abdomen, lungs, and liver. It also showed fluid in the lungs and around the heart. After consulting with our primary care doctor, hospice was called in. They are presently managing his care and keeping him comfortable.
Bob is noticeably weaker and gets tired easily. He often feels full, so is not eating much, but manages to have one solid meal a day and another of soup and some boost. He is able to have visitors, so if you'd like to stop by for a visit, it would definitely lighten his spirit.
I can't thank everyone enough for the love and support you've given us during this very difficult time. Your prayers and generous gifts to us have lightened our family's burden and allowed us to spend time together and cherish the memories we have. Thank you all so much!
God bless! Joan