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My elderly mother diagnosed wi was posted 03/16/2018 11:23 pm by Pat
E-mail Address: pattytoft@gmail.com

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Looking for answers. My 85 yr old mother was admitted to the hospital 3 weeks ago because she was severly jaundice. The general surgeon said her bile duct was blocked so he did a laparoscopic procedure to see what was blocking the duct and couldnít tell but removed her gall bladder. The second procedure they were going to go in again in a different direction but still couldnít tell so he did a bile duct bypass which took almost two hours because he said it was very tedious doing it laparoscopic. The next day it was leaking, the general surgeon was going out of town over the weekend and said if still leaking Monday he would do surgery and it was still leaking so he did surgery and corrected it. This poor woman has been through so much. When she first got to the hospital he didnít think it was cancer and wondered why her primary physician thought that because the MRI they did wasnít clear enough to read. Then he did think it was pancreatic cancer because he now was able to read the MRI? Also said he could see two tumors in her pancreas and that her CA19/9 marker was 22,000. I talked with one of the other doctors that said the weird thing was after the bypass surgery her CA 19 marker went down to 500. My mom up to this point has been so energetic, she would wear me out but they had her so drugged up on pain meds and sleep aids that she has become so confused like she has dementia. I told them to take her off all those meds, she isnít in pain, I ask her all the time. They were suppose to be walking her three times a day and are so busy (the nurses) that they donít walk her, I insisted on walking her myself as I need to get her strong enough to fly home with me so I can care for her at my house. Also she isnít eating so they have her on a tpn bag through a pic line for nutrition. They said she has advanced stage three pc but havenít found any cancer in the gall bladder they removed or any biopsies theyíve done. They didnít biopsy the pancreas. How can they be so sure those tumors arenít benign? How can they tell itís advanced when it hasnít spread? I havenít told her the diagnosis out of fear she will give up before I can get her home, Iím at my wits end. Do I need to find a oncologist to look at her, can I even do that when she is in the hospital under another doctors care? I really need some answers plus I feel like I need to stay with her because they are so understaffed that no one comes when she rings the nurse button so tryís getting out of bed herself which scares me because she fell last month and fractured her neck and they removed her neck brace. She broke her neck badly two years ago when she fell then. Can anyone who has been through a similar scenario give me some advice please.

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