Scared for hubby.......
- 12Jul 24, '13 by VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN Guide.....took him to the ER today per our PCP's instructions due to repeated bouts of N/V and right upper back pain---classic gallbladder symptoms. Turns out he does have cholecystitis, but that's not his primary concern: he also has unspecified "tumors" on his liver, and Lord knows what kind they are.
He's going in for a contrast CT tonight and probable surgery tomorrow. To say the least, I am terrified and I'm asking for your prayers and good thoughts for him.
He's been so healthy all his life.......he has the lab work and blood pressure of a teenager, hardly takes any medications, exercises every day, etc. He started losing weight a few months ago, nothing particularly concerning given the fact that he was considerably overweight and neither of us eats the way we used to. But in light of today's events, it may have been a warning, and it just kills me to think I may have missed something that should've been caught sooner!!!
Thank you in advance for your help. I'll keep you posted.
- 6Jul 24, '13 by sharpeimom GuideWe'll be praying for both of you at our house, plus I just added you to our church's prayer chain. Hope Episcopal prayers are OK!
I have two priests and two deacons praying overtime as the witty one likes to say!
Don't think scary thoughts. Just trust in God and He'll watch over you and your beloved husband in the days and nights ahead. Hugs.
I wish I were close enough to be of some practical help.
- 7Jul 25, '13 by VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN GuideIt's cancer, and it's in his pancreas as well as his liver. We don't know where the primary tumor is located, but it's clearly metastasized from one organ to the other and it is inoperable. His gallbladder is a problem too, but it's a spit in the ocean.......if they open him up to remove the GB, it's over.
So it looks like chemo and/or radiation is in his future, and they're going to do a needle bx soon for staging purposes. I can't pay for any of this.........we have no health insurance......but at this point the only thing I fear, besides losing him, is pain. I don't want him to suffer, and I don't want him to think he has to fight and go through hell because of me.
This is easily the worst day of our lives, and I know it's only the beginning. My kids are devastated.......they're only young adults, and this is going to be almost as hard for them as it is for me. Their big, strong Dad who never got sick, who never complained when he got hurt.....CANCER??!! Doctor, you must be joking.
It's also a time when I wish I wasn't a nurse who knows how bad these cancers are, and how lousy the prognosis is, just because so many other major organs are close by. I'm in shock. And all I can think of is: why him?? Why not me?
- 8Jul 25, '13 by Sabby_NC, BSN, RNI am so very sad to read your update and offer you my love and prayers.
Words cannot take away from what you are feeling at this point in time.
This will be a very emotional rollercoaster time for you, your husband and your children.
Sending you many prayers, hugs and love.
I wish I could do more but praying is the best that I can do and I know the Lord will have his hand in this too.
God Bless you all at this sad confusing time.