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Sue was posted 03/27/2002 04:35 pm by Jen
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Sue, I'm sorry to hear about your husband. My mom passed away on Feb. 17, 2002 from gallbladder cancer. She lived exactly one year to the date that she was hospitalized. For the past 4 months of her life, she was severly depressed and in severe pain. She slept alot and ate very little. She did get confused at times but for the most part she knew what was going on. The cancer had spread to her bile ducts, liver and stomach and the last 6 weeks that she was alive she vomited up bile frequently. She couldn't eat solid food and keep it down for the last month of her life. The doctors suggested hospice, but I took care of her myself. She was constipated and her kidneys were shutting down due to large amounts of toxins in her body. She was jaundice for 4 months. On Feb 12, 2002, the nurse could not get a blood pressure. The nurse felt that she would pass away that day. My Mom remained alert and even got out of bed with help to use the bedside commode. Two days before she passed, she had severe hallucinations, but returned to lucidness the same day. On Saturday, Feb 16, the pain was unbearable because the pain patches (450u/ugh) that she had on weren't working because her circulation was poor. The doctor ordered demerol. After receiving the shots, she only laid there with tears streaming down her face. She had told us on Friday that she would be leaving us soon that she had seen a vision. On Sunday, she couldn't move at all and she didn't speak--only grunted in discomfort. Her breathing was quite labored--She still didn't have a blood pressure (6 days without one) and each moment was harder to watch. Around 8:20 Sun. Feb 17, her breathing changed from deep, labored breaths to continuous, shallow breaths. Her head started bobbing and my brother and sister and me didn't know what to do. She took her last breath--made a face like she tasted something bitter and she was gone. She fought so hard to live. She told us that she couldn't let go and I know that she didn't that her body couldn't take it anymore. I was with her almost every moment. I don't know if I answered any of your questions with the details of the final days of my mom's life. If you have any specific questions, please ask and I will try to help. My heart goes out to you and your family. Jen

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