My mom has just discovered they will be taking out a chunk of her lung. Background: She has some emphysemia to begin with and had accident earlier this year that completed broke off her elbow and her upper arm right next to her shoulder in a couple places. Her elbow was pinned and screwed back to together. She had a hard recovery and developed blood clots in her lungs and was seriously not doing well. She also develops pneumonia pretty easily. Anyways, whe has recovered and gotten off the oxygen although her shoulder healed all wrong. Now one of the spots on her lungs has been changing and she had a PET scan this week. They are now going to MRI or catscan her brain and make sure they don't see anything abnormal there and then take a chunk of her lung. Then I suppose they will determine if she needs radiation and chemo. She is pretty freaked though, but the positive is, this is operable and so far do not see anything else. I just don't know how her body will react to that surgery and then the possible treatment later.
Second half of the story: The scan was to happen the day after my dad made an emergency trip to the hospital with heart arithmias so I took my mom for her scan and then to see dad. (He has had a 101 lives with his heart...amazing) He will be having his second ablation surgery within the next month as well. He has had just about everything you can think of done with his heart.
In the mean time and of a smaller nature, ds needs to see a ENT for recurring never ending sinusitis issues. Had him in to urgent care again yesterday and confirmed he still has it and some impetigo in his nose since it won't clear up.
I hope I can figure out how to help my parents get their mind off of this stuff as they need right now.
Giant ((((((hugs)))))))! I totally get where you are right now, and it's the worst place anyone can be. I do want to say, my FIL was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer which had spread to the lymph nodes and he is very obese and unhealthy. After surgery and treatment, he is now in remission. No matter the outlook or health of the person, I truly belief there is hope. I'll be praying for your mom and that her PET scan shows the cancer hasn't spread.
And on top of that..... you dad! Ugh. Sometimes I just wonder why everything hits at once? I'll be praying for him too.
I know with my grandparents, just being there is the most help. When you are faced with cancer, it's hard to keep your mind grounded in reality and so someone to do dishes, cook, clean, might be all a person needs. Or just someone there to take their mind off things. Ya know? Are you an only child?
Thinking of you.......
Drake (9 )
((HUGS)) What an ordeal to be going through! It must be so tough to see both of your parents struggling with such major health complications at the same time. I totally agree with Marie though, there's always hope. No one would have ever known that a year ago my mom had just had a life saving transplant for cancer. Recovery can be a long road but the medical teams that deal with those cases are just incredible in their knowledge and their passion to support their patients.
I hope you can get some relief for DS! It's so hard to see your kids in pain/discomfort. I hope DH and other family are all able to come together and support all of you in this. Thinking of you.
Thank you so much you guys.
Marie, I have 3 older brothers, all of which live in state but not as close as I do but 2 for sure are willing to help. I do believe there is hope and so far the news is not extremely bad. I do try to get her mind off of it and keep her optimistic and then if anyone gives her a hug when leaving she break down. It is just hard. Every time she gets a cold now, she develop pneumonia that requires a long treatment of antibitoics and steroids and inhalers to get rid of. And her last surgery she almost died recovering. So it is hard for me to imagine if she will have to do chemo or radiation. And of course she doesn't want us to have to do things for her, but I told her to get over it and reminded her of all the things she has done for me. I started to make some freezer meals for them to knowing the next couple months could be hard.
Mia, I am so glad to hear your mom had a successful transplant. May I ask what type of cancer? THank you. I am going to get my son some answers.
When my mom was healing from the blood clots too my dad was in the hospital for the same heart issues. It is amazing when things hit.
Thanks you guys .....truly....
oh no, that is a lot of things to have to deal with all at once--sending big ((HUGS)) your way!!! I'll be thinking of you and your family and hoping for the best for everyone!
My son had to have his tonsils and adenoids out by an ENT a few years ago. He had chronic infections and upon removal they noticed pockets of infection that the antibiotics would never have gotten to so it was a good thing he had them out. I hope the ENT is able to solve your DS's problems quickly since you have so much on your plate right now!
Hang in there!
Thanks Jamie and I need to call the ENT today to get that set up. I hope they figure it out and can help.
I do have a update: My mom's surgery will be next thursday the 27th. All the other test came back fine so that is good and the spot they are removing form the lung is fairly small. They will send to pathology during the surgery to see if they need to remove any nearby lymph nodes.
I'm so glad to hear the surgery went well and they didn't have to remove much at this point. My mom's was alcohol related but amazingly she didn't have any other complications which I was told was pretty rare with how she contracted it. Keeping everything crossed they won't have to do anything else as invasive. Before the transplant she had some chemo but it was localized to just her liver. She didn't have any major side effects (like losing your hair) which always surprised me. It's amazing the advances they have with what they can do to treat cancer these days.
I hope you can get some answers for your son too and that your dad is doing well.
Wow, I have never heard of localized chemo...just localized radiation, it is amazing. Well that is great that she did not have other complications!!!
Mom's surgery is actually next Thursday, but I was relieved to hear a little that the spot is fairly small. Had a ENT appt Wednesday after work and my son is having his adenoids removed tomorrow!!! Pre-op appt after work today. In the mean time my glucose screening will be put off another 2 weeks since I had to cancel my morning appt tomorrow.. Holy moly I will be over 31 weeks when they do it plus I haven't seen a doc since 24 weeks and it was not my normal OB! Feeling really stressed because work is crazy and I am training in someone next week. I just need to breathe.