Re: [MOL] Bob Appleton - Small Cell Lung Cancer Patient [01013] Medicine On Line


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



> 
> Dear Paula:
> 
> While I share in your sorrow, I am also pleased that you were able to be in
> the presence of so much love during that critical time.   Take care of
> yourself.
> 
> Suzanne
>



Dear Paula,

I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you.  Take care.
Love,
Mary
> >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lower spine had been replaced by tumor and the liver was riddled.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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