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Heartbroken was posted 04/01/2004 07:14 am by similar experience
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(For anyone who is not going through this 'similar experience', you may not want to read on...this is pretty depressing stuff)...After a day in the hospital, my husband started having extreme difficulty breathing...he could not lie down flat because he said he felt like he was suffocating. It's hard to remember the exact details but I think they said that was because his blood pressure was dropping so low (due to the massive infection in his body...which was from the depleted white blood cell count from chemo). I think they said his lungs were filling with fluid as well. I don't recall blood clots but who knows...it was as if his entire body came to a crashing halt. Yes, his kidneys did shut down completely, and they also told me that was going to lead to his death, since there was no way his weakened body (with extremely low blood pressure) could withstand the strain of dialysis. After his blood pressure got critically low, they had to sedate him, give him some other kind of medicine to try to raise it, and intubate him on a ventilator (respirator? - not sure what they call it.) He never came out of it, and his blood pressure got so low his heart eventually stopped beating. At that point (even though he was only in the hospital for a weekend) it was a blessing, because they told me if he 'recovered, he would probably never be able to leave the hospital or function again, with all the different organ failures, etc.

This is all very depressing and I almost hesitate to share it with you, but at the time I was going through this I think it would have been very helpful to have someone to talk to to let me know where we may have been headed...my husband (until a day before he died) kept asking the doctor if he could go back to work on Tues if his fever lessened (he'd decided to take Monday off). He died Mon nt. Needless to say the entire thing was completely unbelievable to me and everyone around us...we were told he had 6 months to a year to live...and he was dead in 10 weeks.

I hope and pray your relative has a very different outcome. If you need anything else, just ask. Good luck.

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