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GEORGE - MY HUSBAND
My husband George, 47, was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma in December 2004.
We will celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary in Sept 2005. We have been
together for 17 years and have a 17 month old daughter, Megan.
It all started December 3 - George, Megan, and I went out for dinner at my
favorite place...Okoboji Grill. We had a nice dinner and was home by nine.
George didn't sleep well and was having a lot of pain in his left shoulder
blade. He was thinking it was his back again, as he has had back issues
Saturday, December 4 - George was working that day so off to work he went.
He called me later the morning and was in a lot of pain and asked me to call
the doctors office to see how late they were open. When I asked him if his
back was hurting him that bad….he started crying and said it was killing
him…he wouldn’t let me call Bob to finish the route for him. What a strong
man he is!!! He called me later around 2:00 and said he was on the way to
the doctor’s office. At 3:00 he is telling me that I need to come get him
and take him to the hospital to get a cardiac enzyme test. His doctor had
done an EKG and saw something but nothing to warrant an ambulance ride. So
off to the hospital we all went. The enzyme test indicated he had a heart
attack so he was admitted and scheduled for an angiogram on Monday, December
In addition to the heart attack we found out that he was diabetic.
I later found out that he did check the internet for heart attack signs, but
didn't see any similar signs he was experiencing.
Monday, December 6 – Angiogram showed one of the smaller arteries 100%
blocked and placed a stent to get the blood flowing. No further heart damage
and some of the main arteries were only 40% blocked. He was moved to a
recovery room and was doing very well, so I left and went to get Megan and
George’s mom so they could see him. He was hoping to go home Tuesday or
Wednesday. When we go back to the hospital he had vomited a lot of blood and
was moved to CCU.
Tuesday, December 7 – he received 4 units of blood and a six pack of
platelets. He felt fine, but they had to figure out what was going on. They
did an upper scope and found some bulging veins in his stomach but no ulcers.
They then did an ultrasound which showed an enlarged spleen but didn’t see
any reason why he bled so they ordered a CT Scan of his abdomen.
Wednesday, December 8 – George was moved from CCU to a normal room where
again he couldn’t eat or drink anything…seems like he would get to drink and
eat then they would take it away from them again. They finally did the scan
later that evening.
Thursday, December 9 – Scan showed a mass on the tail of the pancreas and a
biopsy was ordered. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Here we go
Friday, December 10 – Biopsy was done that morning…wouldn’t have results
until later the next week. George was feeling really well and just wanted to
come home! We also found out that he has Hepatitis C.
Saturday, December 11 – George finally home! Megan and I are so glad! It
has been a long week and were really wanting some good news.
December 16 we get the call that the tumor is cancer. After the week,
nothing surprised us anymore. The plan was to have him on the plavix for his
heart for 6-8 weeks and then have distal and splenectomy in February. We met
with the surgeon and after coordinating with all the doctors surgery was
scheduled for February 23. Surgeon also wanted another scan done to make
sure there were no changes. Scan was done on 2/1 and results showed 3
lesions on liver all less than a centimeter and also lesions in right lung.
Biopsy of liver confirmed cancer had spread to liver. Surgery was cancelled
and he started on chemo 2/25. He is getting gemzar only and due to low
platelets is not getting standard dose. They started him on 75% of the
He had 2 weeks on then had a week off due to low nuetrophils. He is in his
2nd cycle which will be 2 weeks on 1 week off. His CA 19-9 was 1023 and
after one cycle it has dropped to 904. We are happy that it has dropped and
hope he has a positive scan in a few weeks. It has been a rough few months
for us and we are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. To keep
updated on his progress please feel free to visit us at www.caringbridge.com
- then enter ia/georgebarber
Posted 03/23/2005 09:59 pm by KellyB
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