Thanks for your response. Actually my friend has no vested interest but I understand your skepticism. As a nurse I have always looked to science for answers but in the past several years I have come to accept the relevance and positive response to some holistic concepts. I called my sister-in-law and told her about the foot baths. She says that she has friends that swear by them to detox. I did some minor research on the internet and found quite a few blogs about them. It has certainly caused me to sit back and consider it. I figured I have nothing to lose but a couple hundred dollars. Conventional medicine has not been effective in my mom's case. She already has hospice involved as of today. The suddeness of her deterioration is what has perplexed me so. I guess I have a hard time believing there is nothing we can do. I would like to think that perhaps she will clear up mentally to some degree. There is a saying among medical professionals in relation to chemo, "If it doesn't kill you it will cure you." In her particular case I believe it is killing her. Prior to the chemo she was alert, oriented, cooking, cleaning, etc. Now 4 months later she can't complete a sentence. Please don't misunderstand. I would encourage everyone to take conventional medicine and follow their doctor's orders. In my mom's case however, it appears to have caused more problems. It is inevitable that her cancer would eventually cause her death but I would like to give her back some dignity.
This site is a wonderful venue and I am very touched by all those who have posted. It is amazing to me that in such sorrow so many have been able to encourage others and share so much love. I would like to say also that I am a strong believer in hope. If I can share one thing with everyone it would be to always have hope and look at life as one big adventure. Good-Bad-and inbetween.
I never answered your question did I? My friend doesn't live here so she can't do the foot baths although she offered to send me the machine. It looks like the foot messagers they were selling a few years ago that you fill with water and soak your feet while it messages them. Anyway, that was a valid question on your part.
Shelly, it doesn't make common sense. However, I don't think the foot bath would hurt her. I had liver cancer from hep C that metastasized to the inferior vena cava. I know that regular chemo does not work on liver cancer. I have spa pedicures about once a month, with the hot water and massage. The water has never turned any color. I had a chemoembolization, which is directed to the arteries that are feeding the tumor. Just one treatment. A month or so later, I had TheraSphere, which is a nuclear treatment directed into the tumor to shrink it--just one treatment. This was part of a study at Mayo Clinic. Between these treatments, my tumor was shrunk enough that it was safe to perform surgery on 05/15/07 to remove the entire right lobe of my liver. The part of the tumor that had metastasized shrunk back into the original liver tumor. I just had a PET scan, CT scan, and blood work last Mon. There was no cancer detected!
Where is your mom being seen? Does she have metastasis to another organ?
Welcome to the forum!
Post Edited (hep93) : 10/29/2007 1:39:23 PM (GMT-6)
Hi Connie and Pink Grandma,
Again thanks for your responses.First I would like to say how happy I am that you are doing so much better Connie. God Bless! And Pink Grandma I am so sorry about your loss. There are no words that anyone can say to make us understand what happened. Bless you for being available to others who are suffering. Your experience will help many people get through these hard times.
In my moms case the hepatitis caused severe chirosis in my mom which led to the liver cancer. She had no symptoms of cancer at all. During a routine colonoscopy the Dr discovered the cancer. She is being seen at the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa. She was diagnosed in March of this year. Because of the severity of the chirosis she was not a candidate of any liver surgery. They started her on Nexavar in June. She did well for a few months and then she started to become confused. We took her to the ER and they admitted her with high Amonia levels. She took the lactulose faithfully for a couple weeks but as the diarreha got so severe she refused to take it anymore. The confusion has increased so much that she now acts like an advanced Alzheimers patient. In my case I don't feel desperate yet but I am struggling to find a way to help clear her mind a little. It is one thing to know she is dying from this disease and yet quite another to see her mental status change so drastically. I have been an advocate for dignity in death for many years and for my own mother I seem not to be able to provide her any.