Guest Posted September 10, 2012 Share Posted September 10, 2012 My name is Ana and my mother, 72, was diagnosed with stage 4 NSCLC on July 16, 2012. We also found out it has spread to her bones. She already suffered from anxiety issues but now it's become so much worse to the point where she is unable to sleep. She has gone back and forth on chemo and even went on hospice a couple of weeks ago. That was a big mistake because they gave her morphine the first day and she had an extreme adverse reaction. She deteriorated rapidly from that day and several days later when she became over medicated we called 911, which essentially voided the hospice contract. She was depressed and not ready to lie in bed, overmedicated to feel "comfortable" and die. At the same time she is terrified of chemo. She finally decided she would try chemo and she even got a 7-hour blood transfusion. Then, she had the misfortune of getting pneumonia in the hospital. She spent 10 days in the hospital. Her last night there I witnessed her suffering hallucinations. She was saying crazy things and trying to take off her gown. She had only had a low dose of ativan so I'm not sure what that was all about. She slept for 30 minutes the entire night and it seemed like no medication had any effect on her. They discharged her the next day, prematurely, I think. Since then at home she has not slept and it's becoming near impossible to put up with her. She can't sit, sleep or lie down for more than a few minutes at a time. She went to the emergency room Saturday and Sunday hoping to get different answers and/or stronger meds from the docs. Has anyone else gone through this special form of hell? I am not sure how to help her but any and all resources and advice would be appreciated. Thanks!!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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