Thanks everyone, I will pass on your kind thoughts
Eric, the pictures are on Facebook, you are my FB friend so
check them out when you have time!!!
Husband, Rod, was diagnosed with NSCLC Squamus cell in July 2007.
He had leg pain starting in Dec 2006 but thought it was related to the torn cartilage in his right knee. He had the pre-op and knee surgery was done in March 2007.
Legs still hurt long after, Dr. didn't make him come in just kept prescribing pain meds. During my visits to my therapist she felt he was dealing with depression from pain, and the horrible tornado we experienced in May 2004, and to get him in to my Dr. to be evaluated.
6/12/07 Saw my Dr. D., she ordered his pre-op records from his first Dr. Put on Wellbutrin
6/29/07 Dr. D. Called me at home and said he had lung cancer.
7/5/07 Go to pulmonologist. scoped his lung, took a biopsy, it ended up Stage IV, NSCLC
7/23/07 1st visit with onc., Rod also has emphysema
7/25/07 MRI,Ultrasound, PET scan, cancer had mets to some ribs and most vertabrae
7/27/07 1st Chemo Avastin, Taxol, Carboplatin, Zoledronic repeat every 3 weeks. Given shot of Neulasta after each session. Tumor 33% smaller.
Main problem all along is terrible bone pain, legs and lower back. Then his right hand became almost useless, he would write at work with two hands. Dr. determined it is the Taxol. Stayed on Taxol, hand has since improved.
9/27/07 4th session of chemo finished, first cycle,
now on 5 week break, will have CT scan on 10/26, results appt. on 10/31.
Last two weeks at lab appt. he had low red blood ct. and was given a shot.
He takes 320mg oxycontin 12 hrs. apart with Oxydose for breakthrough pain. Also meds for cough.
Told to take a nice trip and make memories. He is in too much pain and doesn't like to travel.
10/26 CT scan
10/31 met with onc. tumor has grown some. sugg. hospice at home. Not ready for that, more treatment requested.
Told to quit driving bc of narcotics and consider cutting back hours.
Chemo today, Gemcitabine, Zometa,Decadron something else???
11/1/07 CT scan on legs, xray of legs, one positive for cancer, the other not positive
11/8/07 Dr. appt. Feet, legs very swollen, should have been wearing thigh high compression socks, ankles too swollen to get fitted, will measure again when less swollen. Has celulitis in feet, is that fungus? Also has "raging sinus infection". RX for fungus meds and antibiotic, no chemo. Re-stated need to stop driving. Rod took it as a suggestion previously. Will stop driving. Will cut back hours.Had a ct scan of head to dx sinus infection for sure and see brain.
11/12 no mets to brain, is a sinus infection, feet look so much better, had mri on leg to see what pain is from for sure, I can't believe how he has deteriorated since last week. We are not working this week.
11/13 met with onc. no more chemo, it would take his life sooner. Hospice is coming out to visit with us today.
11/15 signed up for Hospice, began morphine
11/17 as Jeff and I talked to Rod about Heaven, he would smile, there had been no responses before that for about 12 hours. I know the Holy Spirit revealed the Lord Jesus to him.
11/19 In peace and love, Rod is resting in the arms of Jesus.
12/8 and I am so unbelievably miserable