Jake here with another update. Since the last post, I’ve drafted 2 separate updates. I haven’t published them because Nancy’s status has changed. After returning home last Thursday, Nancy was initially comfortable. Her only complaint was the pressure or tightness in her abdomen, but the continuous IV pain medications seemed to manage that fairly well. Over the weekend she was pushing the button for additional medication fairly frequently, so a hospice nurse came out to increase the continuous dose. She continued needing more meds to feel comfortable through Tuesday morning, and we increased the continuous dose once again. Nancy had a pretty rough night last night…she was up every couple of hours and continued to be uncomfortable. The hospice nurse came by this morning to increase the dose yet again. Ultimately, Nancy’s doctor felt another stay in the hospital would be helpful getting her comfortable, and we fully agreed.
We’re here in the oncology unit of the hospital now (Nancy is in an inpatient hospice status). The pain medication makes Nancy extremely drowsy, and she’s been sleeping deeply most of the day. Nancy feels an additional sense of relief knowing that her nurses are constantly checking on her throughout the day and night…and especially knowing that her doctor will check in daily and is always a phone call away.
In the meantime, I’d like to re-iterate how appreciative we both are for the incredible support and love we feel. It takes many different forms: your cards and flowers, your kind words and hugs, your thoughts, and your prayers. Nancy’s doctor just visited us in the hospital room, and I joked with Nancy that the entire nursing unit couldn’t hold all the people who love and care deeply for her. Her doctor corrected me and told Nancy that the entire hospital couldn't fit the throngs of people who love her. Yet again, I think Nancy’s doctor is right.