Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dr. David Samadi

For those of you who follow the world of prostate cancer, there is a urologist named Dr. David Samadi, who is a world leader in prostate cancer robotic surgery.  He appears weekly on the Fox News Channel (with Dr. Marc Siegel) on a show called Sunday Housecall.  The show covers quite a few health topics but Dr. Samadi specializes in prostate cancer.  I almost never miss this show.

I just read that he is now collaborating with Mediterranean Hospital in Cyprus and he will be visiting Cyprus from July 20 to July 27, 2015, where he will perform robotic surgeries.  He will also be meeting with the president of Cyprus.

Like I said, for those of you who have been thrust kicking and screaming into the world of prostate cancer, you might want to keep up with Dr. Samadi and the wonderful work he is doing.  His website is www.samadirobotics.com .

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Status Quo

Yesterday I was out almost all day catching up on errands and Gina was here with Marshall.  He pretty much stayed in bed all day and kept the pain at bay with the morphine.

The surgeon never called me back so Marshall will stay in that brace 24/7.  That thing looks so uncomfortable.

Today the Palliative Care nurse came by and spent quite a bit of time here talking to Marshall and then to Gina and me.  She says we should call her any time if we have questions about anything that's going on.  She will help us with changes in pain killers or any other questions we may have.

Tomorrow we head up to Denver so that we will be there for appointments on Thursday.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lidocaine Ointment

Today I was looking through my arsenal of medications (we could open a pharmacy -- we have two kitchen cabinets filled top to bottom with drugs) and I came across two tubes of lidocaine ointment that had been prescribed for Marshall by the VA last year.  So we tried some of the ointment on his shoulder and he says it helped tremendously.  So I put some more on his shoulder this evening before bed.

He spent all day in bed and just didn't seem to be "with it" at all.  I believe the morphine may be dulling his senses which is okay, I guess, as long as we are controlling the pain.  I don't believe he got up at all today, which is bad.  The surgeon had said that he should at least stand up once an hour.  I should be insisting that he get up, but I just can't bring myself to wake him when he is resting really well.  But when Gina is here I'm pretty sure she gets him up.

I left a message for the surgeon today asking if Marshall could take the brace off for periods of time when he's in bed.  That thing is so uncomfortable for him.


Are you getting as tired of the word "pain" as we are?  Marshall is now having very bad pain in his right shoulder and his knee.  We think it is probabably arthritis but the doctor said not to take any Aleve because it could cause possible liver problems.  So he is taking the breakthrough morphine for the pain.

Yesterday he stood up twice but I didn't see him do any walking.  Perhaps he did with Gina, I forgot to ask her.  He's been sleeping A LOT.

The palliative care person was here the other day and she went over all of his medications and we signed the form for palliative care.  I can now call a nurse 24/7 and I guess I should probably call her about the shoulder pain.  It seems like I never know what to do, my brain is fuzzy.

This coming week he has to be at the hospital on Thursday to see the radiation oncologist to get "mapped" for radiation, the spine surgeon for a post-op visit, then get lab work done, and then see the oncologist to get the results of the scans that were done at the hospital last week, as well as the lab work.  So since it will be a long day we are going to go up on Wednesday and get a hotel room and then on Thursday after the day of doctors, we're going to stay with Jim and Char in Golden, and come home on Friday.  It will be a nice visit with dear friends.

Then I am assuming the following week will be the beginning of a series of radiation treatments.  We'll have more details on that on Thursday.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Marshall's new look

We shaved the head and the beard. I don't think I would recognize him if I saw him on the street.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A quiet day

Marshall had no breakthrough pain today. He was also able to use his walker and walk around the house a few times. And his appetite is good.

I even left him all alone for an hour while I ran to town to get our week's worth of mail and he did well.

Tomorrow the palliative care lady is coming for her first home visit. And Gina will be here for four or five hours as well so I can leave and run errands.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

We are home

They finally discharged Marshall around 2:30 this afternoon.  We still haven't gotten the results of the scans.  And we learned that Century denied our request for home health care.  They didn't give a reason.  But at least we do have the palliative care thing.  So a few things still need to fall into place.

The drive home was very pleasant.  He felt good all the way.  We stopped at Walgreens to fill prescriptions for pain medications.

When we got home Marshall went to bed and after a little bit he was in pain again at the surgical site.  He took one of the breakthrough pills and it didn't seem to help.  We'll see how tonight goes.  He was thinking maybe it was the different bed causing the problem.  At the hospital not only could he adjust the bed in a million ways but the bed was constantly inflating and deflating (not sure how to describe that) to keep you from having circulation problems.  That probably helped with the pain, too.

It was so good to see the animals again.  Coco is getting so old and is having problems with his rear legs.  It's heartbreaking.  I miss him when we're gone.