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  1. My mom has been in the hospital since Apr.2/08. She was diagnosed in Feb. and chemo started Apr 3. No major side effects of chemo. She is presently on day 3 of 5 day radiation to break up cancer cells located on or near her trachea. She has extreme shortness of breath, and for a while her blood pressure and heartbeat were irregular. Her blood pressure is normalish now, but her heartbeat is still irregular. Good news, I think, is that yesterday and today, she was allowed to leave the hospital, with oxygen, for 6 hours. She only wanted to go home. Between my dad, my sister and I, we try to have someone with her at the hospital most of the day. It's selfish but this is getting exhausting for me. I really want to be there for her, but I have 3 kids (12, 16 &19) at home and other than this weekend when she went home, I feel like I've hardly saw my kids. I have been working during the day, driving to the hospital to stay until 8 or 9pm. My dad is there most of the day, and he usually leaves after supper. Sometimes later. My sister is also usually there during the day. We don't know how long she'll be in the hospital. How do you make this work? I know my dad would be there all the time if my sister and I weren't, and I don't think he should be there all the time. Has anyone worked this out? We are also afraid of us becoming ill so we won't be able to go see my mom.
  2. My mom was recently diagnosed. She has cancer on her left lung, spots on her right and a mass on her adrenal gland. She's only 64. She has been having a problem of low sodium the past month or so. Went into hospital on Wed- low sodium - put on liquid restrictions. Had first cheemo treatment on Thurs. Seemed to come through ok and sodium coming up. Sat morn - dizzy and since then low blood pressure and irregular heart beat. Still in hospital. Is the low blood pressure a normal problem? They put her on blood thinners starting yesterday. She's having another CT scan tomorrow to check for clots. If she were on outpatient with her cheemo, it may not have been noticed so soon.
  3. My mom went to the Cancer clinic yesterday. Dr. very blunt, they have to be. Her incurable NSCLC is in left lung with spots on her right;and a large mass on her adrenal gland. They kept her to monitor her sodium level and begin treatment right away. So chemo began today. I don't like the prognosis, so I'm just thinking she has longevity in her blood. She's 64, her mom died last year at 99, and her grandmother lived to 102. I gotta think positive.
  4. I'm new here. My mom was diagnosed with lung cancer 6wks ago - Feb 19th. I am frustrated with the time it takes for any treatment to begin. We live in Canada. She went for a biopsy 2 weeks ago and is finally seeing an oncologist tomorrow. Her cancer has spread to her adrenal gland(s)-not sure if its both or just one. Is the wait time usually this long? It's sad watching her go downhill. In the last 2 months she's lost energy, lost her appetite (but is finally drinking Boost between meals), very tired all the time, she's freezing always, swollen hands and feet, sore feet, diarrhea for the past about 3 weeks, her sodium level is very low, she's had to quit all her activities because it's too much for her. I don't know if all that is normal or not, hoping it is. I'm hoping to find some bit of hope here, because the literature I've been reading is not very hopeful. Donna
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