RE: [MOL] Bob Appleton - Small Cell Lung Cancer Patient [00897] Medicine On Line


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RE: [MOL] Bob Appleton - Small Cell Lung Cancer Patient



Paula, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your
family.  God Bless, Cathy

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Appleton [SMTP:remember@wmonline.com]
> Sent:	Thursday, September 10, 1998 9:37 AM
> To:	cancer forum
> Subject:	[MOL] Bob Appleton - Small Cell Lung Cancer Patient
> 
> My husband died Monday after several days at the Flagstaff Medical Center.
> 
> His cancer has metastisized to the liver and the whole lower spine.  His
> complaints about back pain were not limited to sciatic (sp?) pain.  The
> lower spine had been replaced by tumor and the liver was riddled. 
> Fortunately, he was kept fairly comfortable and all the nurses that took
> care of him were angels.   His doctor was truly devastated - in his career
> he had never seen a small cell cancer more explosive and he had believed
> that it was in remission since there was no sign of it left in his left
> lung, only scar tissue.
> 
> I was a basket case driving to Flagstaff (3 hours) but you do what you
> feel
> must be done and that is the hospital he wanted to be in.  Of course, at
> that time he did know how badly the cancer had spread.  I think somewhere
> we both knew and were deluding ourselves.  
> 
> Sunday night he became very aggitated and wanted to keep getting out of
> bed, which he did alot.  Two nurses and myself spent the entire night
> trying to keep him calmed and trying to get him to rest.  We were only
> successful in 10 or 20 minute intervals.  On Monday afternoon, about a
> half
> hour before he died his eyes widened and he stared at the ceiling and
> followed something across the ceiling for about 10 minutes.  His face was
> peaceful and he was in awe of something.  His breathing slowed to very
> normal, not labored at all.   Our son, Jake, and Jake's wife Annie,  and
> his sister was in the room with me.  We all felt the peace.  I am so
> grateful that all of us were there with him. To me, it was a total 
> affirmation that there is a loving God.   Bless you all.  
> 
> (I will be off line for awhile but will try to check in.  My mailbox has
> been full and messages returned this week but I'll be back.)  Love you all
> - this forum has been a true blessing for me.  Thank you.  Paula
> 
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