Re: [MOL] Bob Appleton - Small Cell Lung Cancer Patient [00935] Medicine On Line


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



Dear dear Paula,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please be good to yourself now. Nothing we can say could possibly ease your pain but it sounds to me like your husband had his angels there with him.
Gail
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From: Appleton <remember@wmonline.com>
To: cancer forum <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Date: Thursday, September 10, 1998 8:36 AM
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lower spine had been replaced by tumor and the liver was riddled.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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