Mom Update: Mom has been having several complications recently. She is having a congestive heart failure flare up and the cardiologist made some adjustments to a couple of medications that has caused decreased kidney function. Her kidney function was already only about 30% and with this last medication adjustment, her kidney function has decreased to 20%. In addition to the decreased kidney function, there has been fluid retention not only in her legs, but in her lungs and around her heart.
It's frustrating when there are several different doctors involved and they aren't communicating with each other. Each doctor gets a copy of all labs regardless of which doctor ordered them. Now we're getting different, conflicting orders from each doctor and it's becoming more difficult to know which order to follow. Certainly there has to be a better way. If mom were in the hospital, the doctors and nurses would be having daily conferences on her status and what the treatment plan would be. There should be a system in place for the same type of conferences to take place when a patient is not in a hospital.
We saw the oncologist today and mom has begun a new chemo treatment plan. She will have a treatment every two months for the next two years. The hope is that the lymphoma will be in remission at the end of the two years. If, during the two year treatment period, the lymphoma worsens, then the treatment will have to be changed to another, stronger chemo medication.
The coming weeks will be filled with more tests, labwork and doctor appointments. My calendar for June is already filled with just mom's medical stuff. I was hoping my vacation time would be spent on vacation, not medical appointments.
Don't misunderstand, I'm thankful that I still have my mom here, but all this medical stuff has been going on for such a long time. Even though I have three other siblings, I'm the only one carrying the full responsibility for my mom.
Thanks for listening and all your support and prayers. They mean so much to me!