Kevin here again. It has been a while since I last updated you on Katie's condition and I thought it was about time since things have evolved a bit since the last update. As you know we are home from the hospital and we were doing radiation treatment to arrest the bleeding in Katie's stomach. We have finished the 10 rounds of radiation and we thought we were past the bleeding but in the last couple of days Katie's nausea and vomiting have become worse and the bleeding has returned once again. She was going through a time of vomiting about once every hour and a half or so with quite a bit of blood in her vomit; not something I wanted to see. She has now seemed to have passed the worst of the bleeding and we have her nausea mostly under control.
In addition to the increased nausea is vastly increased pain. We have been upping her morphine dose almost every day, with her reaching 90mg/hr this afternoon. She is now pretty much pain free but is also pretty much unconscious. Our hospice nurse has tried to convince us to make the transition to the Hospice House, but as of this afternoon Katie has remained adamant that she is not ready to pack her bags just yet. We shall see what the future brings but please know that we have made the hard decision to stop treatments and not pursue further chemo or radiation. At this point we are continuing the TPN (IV nutrition) but we are not convinced it is helping her condition as her weight continues to drop.
Please keep Katie in your prayers and please keep the cards coming, she loves to look at all the wonderful crafting you put into your cards.