Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

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He will suffer no more.

April 13, 2009

At 8:18PM EST, Norman William Gose succumbed to the cancer he was diagnosed with exactly four months prior.

Once the death rattle calmed down, dad’s breathing began to decline heavily. It went from labored, quick breathing to very slow, exhausted gasps for air. The period just before his final breath, anywhere between four and six seconds would elapse between each inhale.

After about 15 minutes he breathed in two more times, and exhaled one last time.

He will suffer no more.
And he will be missed.

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This might be it

April 12, 2009

Within the last hour, Bill’s breathing has deteriorated a considerable amount. His blood pressure no longer registers on our home vitals device. At last accurate measurement, it was about 110 over 60 with a heart rate of 119 beats per minute.

His breathing is raspy from the mucus buildup in his throat, very fast, and labored. He has been unresponsive for several hours with minimal movement in his left arm, which is the only thing that still moves freely.

Other websites have described a “death rattle” associated with the sounds deep from the patient’s chest which occur during the last few hours. Pat and Jimmy agree that this is probably what we’re hearing.

Time will tell.

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It’s a small world

February 20, 2009

A co-worker of Pat’s named Mark had mentioned what we have been going through to another woman named Dottie, the building receptionist. Dottie wanted to speak to Pat about what dad has, so she met with her on the way into the building. When Dottie asked where Pat had gotten most of her information, she mentioned a website called brainhospice.com. Dottie had an odd, almost stunned look on her face.

She asked Pat to step around the desk to see the computer screen, having just pulled up that same website. Dottie said, “That’s my daughter” (authoring the website) and the website was about her husband.

Shortly after the surprising discovery, they shared a tearful embrace.

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The first headache

February 11, 2009

Last night Bill experienced his first headache during the evening hours. It kept him up for most of the night and did not pass until later the next morning.

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A closer look

December 12, 2008

Bill displayed increasing fatigue in his normal routines, constantly drowsy and sometimes forgetful of small things. Unlike the doctor’s visit a week ago, Bill had a pretty good idea why he was going to Sand Lake Imaging.

After the magnetic scans were complete, the MRI technicians contacted Dr. Galceran about their discovery. Following that discussion Dr. Galceran called Dr. Phillips Hospital to inform them that a patient was en route from his care after discovering several lesions in and around his brain, one in particular being larger than the rest. In addition to the lesions there was a fluid buildup that would help explain his recent behaviors which needed prompt attention. Pat was instructed to take him directly to the ER at the hospital and that they would be waiting for him. Printed copies of the scans and a CD were given to Pat before they left.

Upon their arrival to Dr. Phillips Hospital they were hurried into a room for immediate treatment. After an IV of saline was hooked up, Decadron was added in order to help drain fluids that were collecting around his brain. In addition to the IV he was given Keppra, an anti-seizure medication. There were a number of other drugs given to him that made him quite sedate during the first few hours, but we’re unsure what all of them were.

About four hours later once a room was ready, he was moved into an intensive care unit where he would remain for another day and a half, being monitored for seizures and fluid drainage. He was also given a supply of oxygen.

The doctor in the ICU mentioned that it could be cancer and that the outlook was not good. He was to consult with a neurosurgeon before making an official diagnosis.

Thus began the roller coaster of bad news.