Guest searching4insight Posted April 13, 2003 Share Posted April 13, 2003 This topic is related to the other message I posted related to the effects of morphine or Xanax but more general in seeking input. My father (stage 4, 3 brain mets treated with 10 full brain radiation, mets to adrenal, lymphnodes, both lungs; received 1 round taxol/carbo while in hospital on vent. due to resp. distress-unsure if initial cause of distress was tumor-burden, pnuemonia or steroid withdrawal but treating last two yielded improvement) was diagnosed in early Feb, was doing very well prior to hospitalization in March (even took off his O2 to play some tennis). Like others on this board, he has far exceeded any doctors "expecations" and has shown amazing strength and will to live. My dad has become progressively disoriented over the last several weeks. He hasn't been "totally himself" since his hospitalization. He was getting stronger, more lucid when he first returned from the hospital but now seems to be slipping. The question plaguing me is whether this is due to medication, brain mets, radiation, fatigue (he doesn't sleep well at all) or ??? I know you can't diagnose from a message board but hoping someone out there will have had similar experience and their loved one "returned to normal"--not necessarily in beating the cancer but regaining mental acuity. And if so--what triggered the improvement? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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