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Drastic Change was posted 01/31/2000 10:38 pm by Sydney
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Lynn, I cannot even express to you how this nausea and subsequent vomiting has taken ahold of my dad in just ONE WEEK. Prior to a week ago today he had never vomited due to the cancer. Over the week his nausea increased until Friday when he started vomiting regularly. Tonight he is at the point where he is so medicated with no food in his stomach and emaciated he truly looks like it's the end. Drastic, drastic change from last Monday. The hospice nurse starting coming out last Friday and I really feel that they think this is the way he is "supposed to go". I could be completely wrong, but when I asked about TPN, a nutritional IV that someone else suggested on this message board (entitled PICC) hospice reminded me that the goal was patient comfort and inserting such a line would be traumatic to the patient. I really have a hard time accepting that. They act as if this is par for the course with this disease and I haven't read many similar instances on this message board where the nausea was left uncontrolled and it eventually did the patient in, have you? I just don't want anyone to minimize this issue just because my dad is old and has other underlying health problems. Yes, I'm frustrated, and I just don't want you to be caught in the same situation where the nausea excalates to vomiting that is difficult to control. It has been 4 days since it started and I truly believe it, along with the lack of food over last week could really be the ultimate demise. Is this the way it's supposed to happen? We should have the oncologist's opinion tomorrow morning, but it will be a long night. Please be more aggressive than we were in addressing this before it's too late!

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