This has been the craziest week of my life.

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gma
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   Posted 8/3/2009 3:40 AM (GMT -7)   
So there is gallbladder trouble big time.  Stones were passed and there are still some left.  Thursday night the surgeon told us that if Chuck was a healthy man he would do gallbladder surgery immediately, BUT because he was so confused they ordered a head scan.  The CT showed something at the base of his skull, so an MRI was ordered Thursday night.  The surgeon said it would be up to the onc what to do and because of this tumor he would wait for the onc to make the decision.  He thought his life span would be too shortened to put him through major surgery.  OK so I spend the night to see the onc the next morning.  By ten he had not appeared so I called the office and left a voice mail asking when he would be coming to the hospital.  By noon I had no call back so I left a voice mail for the PA who sees us once in awhile and is most helpful.  She called back and said the onc was at a medical conference.  She would talk to the onc taking over for him and she felt he would come see us.  He didn't, but the "Hospitalist"  a new twist for me, a doctor who keeps tabs on hospital patients everyday care and coordinates with specialists, came and said the thing on the skull was known to  the oncs and that they wanted to proceed with surgery.   Saturday we saw the surgeon again and he said it would be Monday or Wednesday depending on the condition of blood chemistry.  They have given him 2 transfusions, then Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium like you wouldn't believe.  Now it is 5:30 Monday morning and we still don't know if surgery will be today or Wednesday or possibly later.  The afternoon blood test Sunday showed electrolytes still low, so they gave him more and he was to have a blood test at 3 am to decide.  I will call in a little while to find out.  They did keep him NPO after midnight in case.  Oh yes, the Hospitalist was back in yesterday and said the thing on the skull was mets and it was only on the bone, not in the tissue. Up, down, all around is the way it has been.  Chris came yesterday to spend the week to help me get to and from the hospital.  Todd goes to college next weekend so she made arrangements to be home Friday.  Amy is still here taking care of the house and dogs.  I thank God for all the support I have been getting.  It has been hard physically and I really get tired.  I think I am holding up ok mentally.  Chris, Amy and I played a game of Scrabble last night.  Hugs to all,  MK
 
PS The Hospitalist said yesterday that it was a definite positive Maybe that surgery would today.  We laugh about that a lot.


barkyboys
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   Posted 8/3/2009 3:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope they are able to do the surgery today and get it over with. Good news that the tumor at the base of the skull is on the bone, not the soft tissue. You take care of yourself. I'm glad you have help there. Keep us posted...lots of good wishes and prayers coming your way, you know.

Hugs...
BEV
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz


LdyJane
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   Posted 8/3/2009 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
gma, my hopes and prayers are with you..
Janice

Candy
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   Posted 8/3/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi MK:
 
Deja Vu for us here in Ohio.  Hurry up and wait.  Doc isn't available.  Why are you in such a hurry??  It is bad enough to have to wait and ask your questions over and over again without people understanding your urgency.  My prayers are with you, Chuck and the family.  I hope he gets surgery QUICK!!
 
Sending you a ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((HUG)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
 
Candy
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
 


beck2000
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   Posted 8/3/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Bless your heart, MK. What a week you have had! So glad you have good help. Still praying here in VA.
Love,
Becky


postal2
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   Posted 8/3/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
My prayers are with you also, MK. I think you have MORE than enough on your plate, I really hope it slows down for you. Take care and feel the {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

Love and hugs,
Gail
  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
Elisabeth Kubler Ross


gma
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   Posted 8/4/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
CHUCK is home! Finally his onc came back from conference to make the decision and he agreed with the surgeon that with all the other issues there was no reason to put him through surgery now that the gallbladder has settled down. Perhaps later they may decide to do it if chemo does a good job and things look stable. He has been a little confused and sleeping a lot which he did not do before. Don't know if he is just exhausted from his week in the hospital or something is going on. Chris goes home Thursday night and Amy's mother called to see if she was going to come home or what. So I may lose all my help and company this weekend. I'm hanging in and trying to get rested while they are here. Hugs to all. MK


barkyboys
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   Posted 8/4/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
So glad you're both home. Rest up while you have the chance. We'll be thinking about you.

Hugs...
BEV
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz


postal2
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   Posted 8/5/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Wish I could come help you out, MK. {{{{{{HIUGS}}}}}}
Gail
  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
Elisabeth Kubler Ross


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