I've had at least three potassium "scares" in past year and each time it turned out to be due to blood cells having "broken up" during draw.
That is great news that the massage therapy was so relaxing for him. Sounds like it needs to be added to his weekly schedule.
I don't actually see a massage therapist any more, but my CNA, who comes in 3x weekly (4 hours each), usually concludes her visit with a back rub, and I must admit that it makes me feel good for hours and hours thereafter.
Massage therapy is also on a list over at the cancer.gov website as being efficacious in terms of comfort care so I'd definitely recommend you keep it up!
(Actually, it should probably be prescribed for both patient and caregiver--both are stressful positions)
Take care. Glad all's going well overall.
01/07 Dx NSCLC IIIB Squamous Cell (5 cm. Grade 3 tumor RLL & right hilar & mediastinal lymph nodes). Underwent concurrent radiation & chemo, which decr. tumor to 2 cm., but by 12/07 tumor growing & lymph nodes growing & spreading. 2nd & 3rd line chemos bombed & by 07/08 tumor back to 5 cm. w/mets to liver, left lung & lymph nodes. No viable treatments left, <b>but</b> I'm still pain-free so me and <b>my tattoo</b> are still <b>Dancing in the Street</b> (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y-x2fWKbmo
)--figuratively at least! See <b>My Story: Quality of Life</b> at http://lungevity.org/l_community/viewtopic.php?t=36841