hi momyfor2, i,m so sorry for you, not knowing whats going on sometimes is worse than knowing. you and some family members are going to have to get agressive with the drs and demaned some answers. something is going on now with her liver, there is a reason for the lactulose if its not cirrhosis then what? i cant understand how they let it get this bad. you and mom and family are in my thoughts and prayers. put all the questions on paper and camp out at hospital make sure you corner the drs about your mothers problems this is very serious stuff!!! also sounds like she waited to long to get to the hospital which could have caused other problems to appear. this is a sad story i feel so bad, but please get on the drs for some answers its your right and your moms life somebody has to be her voice now. i wish you the very best of luck and let us know whats going on when you can?
I, too, am sorry you are going through this, Momyfor2. Do they know if the growth is cancerous? Has she had an MRI with contrast? It seems they could do a lot more than they have in terms of investigating what is going on. Is this a good hospital that she is in? Since she is in a coma, it would be difficult to move her, but I agree that something is going on and they need to make more of an effort to find out what it is and to treat her accordingly.
My prayers are with you and your mom,
Momyfor2, it certainly is a sad situation. It sounds as though something had been going on for a long time that wasn't found and treated early. If a person is having serious long-term and untreated health problems, indeed things can happen virtually overnight. The person's body just isn't able to fight and stops working properly. Unfortunately, due to your mom's comatose state, I suppose Lactulose is not an option. Of course, they could put her in a diaper, but I'm not sure how they would get it in her, except maybe by a gastrostomy tube...and they don't want to do invasive surgery.. If she has had an MRI and CT scan, etc., then there really doesn't seem to be anything that can be done, since they've been unable to determine the root cause. It's difficult to think about at this time, but you need to make sure your mom's affairs are in order. Does she have a Living Will? How about a Power of Attorney? These are things that need to be dealt with.
The Lactulose is to rid your mom's body of ammonia that builds up in the system when the liver isn't working well. The toxins are eliminated through frequent loose bowel movements, caused by the Lactulose. The elevated ammonia is what causes "brain fog," and could possibly be responsible for her comatose state as well. In what form are they giving her the Lactulose? Normally, it is mixed in with a liquid, such as juice, and swallowed orally. If her BUN (blood urea nitrogen) is elevated, that's an indication that her kidneys aren't working well. They usually treat this with medication. It sounds as though they are doing what they can for her.
Momyfor2, it sounds like she is in good hands and they are doing what they can for her. I know how stressful this must be for you, but you really must put your trust in the doctors and in God.
That is great news!! As to the tests, CEA means carcinoembryonic antigen. CA usually refers to cancer, and the CA 125 rings a distant bell with me as meaning a marker for either breast or ovarian cancer. Wish Shelly were here, as she probably knows for sure. At any rate, I think we can safely assume that they are both cancer markers, so they are trying to ascertain if those exist and how high they are. As I said previously, it does sound like she is getting good care, but of course it is slow going when they are trying to find the root cause of her problems.
Sending prayers and positive thoughts to you and your mom,