Wed 7/2/2008 7:54 AM
More info on Dad. I got a call from the Urologist last evening and I have more bad news. He said he had a cat scan of his abdomen area and they found out the blood in his urine is most likely coming from 2 kidney stones (one in each kidney) that are about 1cm in size. He said they are not blocking any of the flow and there isn't really anything they can do with the stones.
Next he said that the area where the prostate was has a growth and the cancer has mastizied (sp?) to the bone in his pelvis and may also be in the bladder. He said there is a shadow on the CT and he couldn't tell if was a growth or if the bladder had "fallen" from old age. Again there isn't really any treatment. He also stated he didn't know where else the cancer may have spread. We do know from the xray in the ER that it hasn't made it to the lungs because the ER said that the xray was clear and he didn't have pneumonia.
Anna and I both saw him last night and he seemed to be resting comfortably. However; shortly after we left, Sara said that he began to shout out in pain. Sara asked the nurse to give him some pain meds and the nurse gave him Ambien (a sleeping pill - which keeps Dad up and doesn't make him sleepy - we tried that drug before). So finally at 3:30 am the hospital nurse gave him some pain meds. I guess she got tired of hearing him yelling.
Joan arrived last night and is going to sit at the hospital today to wait to talk to the doctors and get the hospice started. She is going to talk to the Social Worker/Patient Advocate to find out how the process works and what we need to do. Our choice would be to have the hospice at home.
Will let you know what else goes on as I get news.
Thanks all of you for your supportive e-mails and all the prayers.
Love to all, Mary
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