April 24, 2011 at 6:16 am #49664
Dear Jen, So sorry to hear how tough things are for your dad and family right now. I am thinking about you a lot. You are right about cherishing every moment – like your daughter blowing kisses. Those moments will be with you forever. I pray you all have a good day tomorrow. Hugs. NancyApril 24, 2011 at 3:36 am #49663
Dear Jennifer, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad but you are right, the most important thing is comfort. You know the best RX is the Grandchildren! Teddy would just light up when they came and then they would sit all over his bed with him. It very well could be the “jug of stuff” the hospital gave him that made him feel so bad. My daughter insisted I try this tea to eliminate toxins the other day and I was sick the whole day. Never again, we really know our own bodies. I hope Dad can enjoy the Easter dinner tomorrow and if he can’t go out, I am sure an Easter Bunny will be there to visit him!April 24, 2011 at 3:00 am #49662
Well, unfortunately Dad’s really not doing well. He was brought back to the hospital on Wednesday, and released again at about 3:00am on Thursday morning, with a big jug of stuff to drink to try to help his bowels out a bit. They were hoping constipation was cause for his discomfort. Although I do believe it did help get things moving (although it was awful for him), I think the last 2 days are the worst I have seen him.
We have family in town for a few days, and I know things are going downhill when he can’t muster the energy to get out of bed to visit with them for even a few minutes. I think he was cramping (probably from drinking that stuff), and hope that maybe this was part of it…. he sleeps most of the day now. I went over with Katelyn (my 19 month old daughter) to visit for a bit, and drop some stuff off today. She stood in the doorway of his bedroom and watched him sleep, turning to me and saying “ssshhhhhh” every so often… it made my heart melt and break all at the same time. When we were leaving, we went in to say bye to him, and it broke my heart watching how difficult it was for him to stand up out of his hospital bed to give his grand baby kisses, and so sweet to watch her blow kisses at papa. This is all just so hard. I’d like to believe he’s just have a few “off” days, but his off days have never been this bad before. All I can do is spend time with him when I can, cherish every moment, and pray that he is in no pain – our only wish for him the last year. We have an Easter dinner at my Aunt and Uncle’s house tomorrow, so we’ll see if he is able to make it, and feeling any better…
Thinking and praying for you all, and wishing everyone a Happy Easter.
JenApril 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm #49650schrums4Member
Jen, That is absolutely wonderful news!!
Wishing you the very best!!
~JennyApril 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm #49661micsylMember
So relieved to hear that your Dad is doing well again…thanks for keep us posted.
All the best.
MichelleApril 17, 2011 at 4:10 am #49660marionsModerator
Fantastic Jen. What a great turnaround for your Dad and of course the entire family. Thanks for the good news. We need it.
All my best wishes,
MarionApril 17, 2011 at 3:53 am #49659
That’s awesome Jen! So glad to here Herb is feeling better! Enjoy!
NancyApril 17, 2011 at 3:13 am #49658
An amazing dad who has an amazing daughter, had an amazing day! We are thrilled with you and for you!April 17, 2011 at 2:28 am #49657darlaParticipant
Glad to hear your dad is doing so well. I will be hoping things keep improving.
DarlaApril 17, 2011 at 2:14 am #49656
He had an AMAZING day. After not seeing him awake for more than 5 minutes at a time for the last month, I sat with him for 2 hours today and he didn’t seem the LEAST bit tired. He was up and walking around, drinking water, and eating. No pain (as long as he stays on top of the medication), and he hasn’t thrown up today. He’s the man he was 2 months ago! My hero is at it again… he just keeps bouncing back and we love it more each time . I think the dehydration was certainly a big problem, and probably keeping him very tired. Also, he is on anti-nausea medication and it seems to be keeping food down. He had been on these the entire time, but hasn’t been taking them as he should have been (he’s only been taking them when he actually feel nauseous, rather than 4 times a day). A mistake he won’t make again!
Love to all!
JenApril 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm #49655gavinModerator
That is great to hear that your dad had a pain free night, and he I hope he managed to get some sleep as well. I hope that your dads doctors get on top of this as soon as possible and hopefully he will get back home with you all tomorrow. My fingers are crossed for you.
Best wishes to you and your dad,
GavinApril 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm #49654
Well, Dad had a great pain-free night. He was severely dehydrated, so getting fluids has helped him feel a lot better. It sounds like they believe the blood in the tubes is unfortunately part of the progression of the disease – amazing how everyone faces different obstacles with this cancer. Now the hope is to control the vomiting… if they can control that, the bleeding will also be controlled since that is the only time it is happening. He will definitely be staying in tonight, but will hopefully be home tomorrow.
I will keep you updated – thinking of you all.
JenApril 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm #49653gavinModerator
Thanks for letting us know about your dad. I can’t help either regarding the blood in your dads tubes, but hopefully now that your dad is in the hospital the doctors will get to the bottom of this. The sleeping, not eating much and the vomitting is something that my dad went through as well. He tried a wide variety and combinations of medications for the vomitting with different successes with each one. Again, I am sure that the doctors in the hospital will be able to do something for your dad’s vomitting. One of the problems my dad had with the vomitting was that the meds he was taking were not working as he was bringing them up, so they gave him one that would dissolve under his tongue and this worked well for him.
We are all here for you Jen. We know what you are going through right now so please come here as much as you want. I hope that your dad starts to feel a lot better really soon, and please let us know how he is doing.
My best wishes to you, your dad and all of your family,
GavinApril 16, 2011 at 6:49 am #49652
Hi Jen, So sorry to hear things are not going so well right now. I pray that this can be helped and your dad will be feeling better soon; which will help you all to feel better. This roller coaster is not fun. Sorry that I can not help with blood in the tubes either. We have been fortunate enough that Doug has not needed tubes. Love and prayers to you, Cheryl and the rest of your family.
NancyApril 16, 2011 at 4:07 am #49651
Jen, this is a new one for me! I feel so bad for all of you, just wish I could be of some help. Somehow we are prepared for what will be but when all these extras pop up its just unbelievable. It is so hard to watch loved ones suffer. I sure hope they can find something to at least help the vomiting. Hang in, stay strong and please let us know how things are going. Prayers to all of you!
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