As most of you know Sandy is in the hospital currently. She went to her primary care doctor last Tuesday due to troubles breathing and pain in her lower back still, which she waits to see a doctor until she physically cannot do things on her own. Needless to say he admitted her and we are at MTMC room 545. I've been trying to keep things updated on facebook, but know that not everyone has that or is my friend on their. First off I'll start with the good news before I go in detail on what is currently medically going on. Sandy has a friend in Indiana that she grew up with and is involved in a small group at church there. They have been praying for Sandy and us and when they found out that I wrecked the van and were looking for a vehicle a young couple whome I had the pleasure of meeting decided to loan us a car for the time being and said it just sits in their garage most of the time. That was and is amazing from people we do not even know. Thank you all again it is nice to be mobile once again.
Medically: Sandy is in the hospital due to uncontrollable lower back pain, uncontrollable nausea, having a difficult time breathing, being dizzy. Most of this is explained from the tumors currently and the current trial she is on either not working or working very slow at this time from the last hospital visit. Yesterday she had an MRI of her back/spine area to see what was causing the pain. This morning the oncologist came in and said that there are spots on her spine/ pelvic area. He also said that she is to stop the currently trial now and they will do radiation on the lower back to help ease the pain, but it may take a couple weeks for that to kick in. He also state that by doing the radiation and decreasing the pain it will in turn be able to get her off of some of the pain medications soon and should help ease some of the nausea. They all seem very dependant on each other to me but they are the experts and I let them do their work. Sometimes it feels as if I could have my medical degree by now. We have also spoken with palliative care team here which is a fancy word for help get you comfortable and ease your symptoms team. They are in the process of concocting a plan to help with the medications and possibly reduce some by getting some that work better for her and so forth.
We did get a refferal to speak with hospic over the weekend, but after speaking with a very nice nurse came to the conclusion that it is not an option yet. Sandy and all of us surrounding her still have fight left in us and are not willing to lay down and just stay comfortable. The option now is trying to get hooked up with a good home health program that works well with her doctors and let them help us around with Sandy and things at home.
Sandy does enjoy visitors and cards or just thoughts and prayers. Right now she is at MTMC in Murfreesboro in room 545. Hopefully they can get things in order for us and we will be able to go home soon. This is getting kind of long and drawn out but I have to say thank you to my parents for coming down and spending the week helping out, Sandy's parents and family for helping out, all the friends and family that have come to visit or praying, all the nurses and doctors at MTMC and TN oncology everywhere in between they are all amazing.