Last night (Wednesday night) was a rough one. My sister Kathy (she arrived from SLC late last night) and I didn’t get an ounce of sleep. All night long, the pain pump or IV machine was beeping, usually because I wasn’t getting enough oxygen, which had to be at 90 percent, my heart monitor was somehow tangled, the fluids were low, or maybe there was a kink in one of the lines. Regardless, the machines were going off every 10 minutes extremely loud, so by morning we were both walking zombies. I was just the walking zombie heavily medicated on opiates.
The doctors rounded early, bringing many questions and fewer answers. We did learn that I have a new fracture on my L3 vertebrae, which is most likely from the injury when I was trying to pull myself off the toilet. The bones were probably already really weak from the cancer. This is very common when the cancer has metastasized to the bones; exactly the reason why I am taking Zometa, the bone density drug. I also learned that I have some fluid build-up in my lung, which is causing shortness of breath. I am scheduled to see a pulmonologist tomorrow, who can schedule a surgery to have the fluid removed.
Tomorrow (Friday), I have a CT scan scheduled to look at my chest, left leg, brain and spine. This should tell us if there is new growth in these areas. If so, then we will most likely stop chemo right away and start on Tarceva, a targeted chemotherapy drug. I was also allowed to sit up in my bed today with the brace on. By night, I actually got out of bed with assistance and was able to use the bathroom. Because of the pain I was in yesterday, I had a decatheter placed. As uncomfortable I knew this would be, the pain in trying to get a bedpan underneath me was 10 times worse.
The pain management group came to see me today and altered my medication. I am so thankful they listened to me yesterday and wrote scripts for the amount of pain meds that I needed to get through the day with all of the tests I had. So, I wasn’t surprised today when they told me the amount I was on. That would explain some of the early morning hallucinations and headaches I was having.