Guest NowakowDA Posted June 6, 2004 Share Posted June 6, 2004 Well' Friday was a strange day. I spent some time on the phone tracking down my mother's CT scan and chest x-ray. I finally found them at the Pulmonary clinic where she had her appointment. I made arrangements to pick them up Monday. I also found the tissue slides taken during the bronchoscopy. I'll pick them up Monday afternoon. I told my mother's primary care provider that I would have the material at the UNM Cancer by Tuesday morning. Her appointment is on Thursday. Michael Servilla her primary care provider got her an appointment at the UNM Cancer Center with what he called a chest doctor. I have since found out that this ”chest” doctor is an Associate Professor of Cardo-Thoracic Surgery at the University of New Mexico. He is a Fellow of the Royal Collage of Surgeons of Canada, a Fellow of the American Collage of Surgeons and a member of the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons. He practices at the UNM Cancer Center and the local VA hospital. I've got a butt load of questions for him. When my mom started going to Michael Servilla he was only a PA (physicians assistant) or a CNP (certified nurse practitioner). Now, he has graduated medical school, done his intern ship and is working on his residency. My mother was worried that infection in her lung might build up again that she had finished her antibiotic. I sent Michael an e-mail telling him of my mother's worries. He called my mother and gave her his beeper number. He told her that if her temperature went up of if she got scared she was to call him and he would come see her. He said he would keep his beeper turned on all weekend. Mom sleeps a lot now. She's developed a slight cough and a little wheeze. Both of which Michael said are probably caused by the growth partially blocking one of her airways. I found out what caused Mom's weight loss. She's not been eating enough. There were several days during the past two weeks where she didn't eat anything. This happened when she was hospitalized on the 22nd and 23rd of May and the day she had her bronchoscopy. The rest of the time she barely got 600 calories a day. Today I got her intake up to 900 calories. My aunt who worked for thirty years as a tech in a pathology lab called last night. Her friend is a retired oncologist. She said that in addition to what ever treatment my mother gets there are several important things I need to do for her. One, keep her fed, well fed! Two, keep fluids in her. Three, let her sleep as much and as long as she wants to. She said that these three thing are very important the help my mother's system Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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