Yesterday was a difficult day as dad really took a turn for the worse. His breathing is quite labored right now. We know our time with him here on earth is short and he is ready to be welcomed into the arms of Jesus. Will you pray with us that his passing would be peaceful?
Dad's condition has worsened significantly today. He is now receiving strictly palliative care and we are awaiting a bed on the palliative care floor. They believe there will be a bed available to him tomorrow morning.
Dad had his MRI this morning at around 9:30 am. It showed no growth in the brain tumours, but a significant increase in the swelling of his brain. As such, they have increased the dose of the steroid that is supposed to assist with this.
He seems slightly more restless and continues to experience a great deal of pain from the cellulitis in his foot/leg.
We received a visit from the palliative care doctor today, but no formal decisions have been made.
There is nothing significant to report today. Blood tests and an ultrasound of the liver seem to indicate that dad still has proper liver function and that his infection/cellulitis is under control.
Unfortunately, the MRI has not occured yet. We are hopeful that it will happen tomorrow and that the MRI results will give us a clear picture as to whether or not dad's sudden decline is due to a neurological change (i.e. growth of the tumors in his brain).
For now, he is lucid and oriented in the brief moments during which he is awake and the pain in his leg/foot is being managed.
As a family, we thank you for your support, well wishes and continued prayers.
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Dad came home from Sunnybrook hospital on oral antibiotics on Sunday, but his leg and foot looked very poor still and he was not weight bearing on his right leg at all. As such, his mobility was very poor and he was sleeping but for 15-20 minutes here and there.
Yesterday, mum was in communication with Sunnybrook regarding her concerns that dad was sleeping almost all of the time... A medical fellow of the doctor at Sunnybrook called mum after reviewing dad's chart and expressed similar concern.
As a result, he was admitted yesterday afternoon in the Oshawa ER and remains here. They have completed blood work, an ultrasound of his leg to confirm that there was no blood clot and an EKG. He also received a blood transfusion early this morning as his hemoglobin was at only half of the level that it ought to be. He's back on IV antibiotics and they're going to complete an MRI later today, as there's some concern that there may be a neurological reason for the fact that he is sleeping constantly.
The medical staff here in Oshawa are in close communication with dad's medical team at Sunnybrook.
We found out about a week ago that the second shot at a treatment solution (immunotherapy) hasn't worked for dad and that all of his tumors have continued to grow. As a result, he now has cancer tumors along his spine, in addition to his kidney surgical site, his lungs, his brain and his lymph nodes.
He had to attend Sunnybrook each day this week for radiation on his spine and they would him to soon start chemotherapy, strictly for symptom management.
Dad was admitted to Sunnybrook hospital on Thursday, October 18, with cellulitis in his right leg. He was placed on IV and then oral antibiotics and discharged from hospital on Sunday, October 21.