Today has been an awful day. Both of my parents are extremely sick. My mom has lung cancer and is undergoing chemo. She just got done with radiation. She had a bad reaction to the last round of chemo that has simply floored her. There is a chance they will discontinue further treatments because of this. My dad is in the hospital for liver & kidney failure. I had to authorize the doctor's to withhold lifesaving care to my dad. Both my older brother and myself thought both parents had DNR's in their Advanced Directives. Come to find out that's not the case.
He (dad) decided this morning that he wasn't eating or drinking anything anymore and has quit taking all meds. They did give him pain medicine which put him out. When he is awake, he is hallucinating and acting out. Because of the pain he is having we agreed for him to be given IV morphine to hopefully make him comfortable.
I've dreaded this day for a long time. His health has been wonky for a long time. In the back of my mind I've tried to prepare myself for the inevitable. Though losing a parent is never an easy thing, having both parents on the edge at the same time is overwhelming.
My boss is outstanding and giving me the freedom to come and go as I need to take care of the family. My wife, older brother and sister in law have all been pulling shifts at the hospital and at my mom's house with me. Thank God for family is all I can say. Thanks for listening.
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2