We’ve spent the past week getting a new set of scans for review with Dr. S. The breast tumor was significantly larger with lots of bigger nodules around the breast area. Also, her arms were hurting a lot more, and she couldn’t stop the pain even with extra meds. So, we weren’t surprised on Monday when Dr. S. reviewed the scans and found progression of disease in almost every area. It is also in the tissue of the muscles in her arms, and that is causing significant swelling and associated pain. Of course he decided to forego that day’s scheduled chemo infusion, and he laid out a few new options. Continue reading
Thank you all for the prayers and offers to help! We’re doing all right. She had her first good night in the past 5 or 6 days last night! It’s amazing how something simple like that can provide relief for another day. Specifically, I think she slept from 10pm- 4am. Woke up with arm pain and took meds for that. Then slept again until 8am. That’s a huge improvement. Hopefully that continues to happen. She’s also incorporating some physical therapy stretches which may help calm the inflammation of the nodes.
Pain control! Or lack of control…is what we’ve been focused on lately. The pain problem has persisted despite another increase in the pump’s dilauded output. Some days/nights it’s her back, others it is her arms and legs. Yesterday, Lori went to the ER to get some kind of relief. She had tried morphine pills, but they didn’t even begin to help. The ER doc gave her a shot of some extra strength Motrin-like medicine, and it immediately helped alleviate the bulk of the pain. Continue reading