Out of ICU

Friday night, late, I got some great news. My dad does not have pancreatic cancer. While they did remove a tumor and it was in the pancreas, it turned out to be ampullary cancer. It’s a rare form of cancer and can seem like pancreatic cancer. And while it still is cancer, this has a better prognosis.

Then, late yesterday afternoon my dad was finally moved to a regular room. When I got to the hospital yesterday, ICU was on lockdown some type of activity – either gun or drugs, I can’t say for certain.

Apparently, doctors feel that he’s making good enough progress to justify the move. We are now in a semi-private room, well, private now since his roomie yesterday was discharged.

He seems better in some aspects. He is able to move in limited fashion.  He seems pretty coherent and talked quite well yesterday. Sometimes  it’s hard to understand when he only has 8 teeth left.

However, his digestive systems leaves something to be desired. He has moved to a “more solid” Whipple diet but it’s still pretty bland. Last night his tray from ICU never made it to his other room. By the time it could get corrected all he could get was a stuffed cabbage roll (ick). He wanted a cheeseburger so I went to the local Burger King.

Well, that came up this morning. Then his lunch came up while Mom and I were sitting in the room. Think The Exorcist. Mom and I had to scurry with a basin and paper towels to clean up.

I look at him and wonder how it all happened. How this strong man that was once 215 lbs is now a frail 153 lbs. How his legs look like sticks. He looks so tired, like he finally surrendered to being in the hospital.

Plus, the bickering between both of them is draining. They both are good at pushing buttons. I need a whistle and a penalty flag.

Trying to stay calm is so hard. I miss my kids, I miss Husband. I miss a larger to computer to type on, versus this dinky netbook which has an hour of battery life, max. 🙂



About OneLoCoMommy

I live in Northern Virginia and and I look like the stereotypical suburban mom, for better or for worse. My son plays baseball and takes karate (albeit adaptive). My daughter is a gymnastics diva but rolls with the boys in T-ball. I've been a Room Mom and Playdate Coordinator. I work full-time, try to work out, and love my Book Club. However, I also blog on my experiences on our ASD, SPD and ADHD journey while trying to be a better parent advocate. All in a life's work.
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11 Responses to Out of ICU

  1. Such good news, a better prognosis is SO positive! It is also a good sign that they moved him out of ICU. He will get stronger!
    I hear you about the bickering, I was with both of my parents this week and at one point I shouted that if they kept it up I would leave. The worst part is that I don’t even think they knew they were bickering. (I wonder if the hubs & I sound like that to others, probably worse, LOL!) I took a very selfish break from dad-care these past few days and made mom use her FMLA. I can’t tell you how much good it did me. Sanity restored. Back to the trenches soon though.
    Hang in there!! Missing your family must be hard but thank goodness for the internet. Just keep that sucker charged and you will survive!


    • OneLoCoMommy says:

      My mother throws up her hands and has to leave the room. My dad then wonders, what did I do? Ugh. Plus, he is as stubborn as his parents – I remember going through that 20+ years ago with their issues. It’s very deja-vu.


  2. It’s so tiring. All of it. Even when you want to be there for him … it’s so draining. Continuing to wish you the best. So glad for what is good news.


  3. Joanne says:

    love you. love your mom. love your dad.


  4. Stimey says:

    You have all of my love. I’m glad that he has a better prognosis and I am sending wishes for his good recovery.


    • OneLoCoMommy says:

      Thank you Stimey. I’m glad it’s a better diagnosis, though we still have to wait for a “tumor review board” to determine the next steps. And of course my dad to pay attention to what he needs to do about his health. 😉


  5. Lisa says:

    I’m so happy to hear that the prognosis is better and that he has been moved out of ICU. Hopefully he’ll be strong enough to go home soon. Sending positive thoughts and prayers for you all.


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