I’m at home this morning while Hook waits at the hospital for the case manager to stop by and give the okay for a Tuesday release.
Over the weekend, the doctors were able to contain the blood clot by putting in a filter of sorts to prevent the clot from rising further up the body. That was the non-invasive procedure I’d mentioned in the last blog. Blood clots are common for people with pancreatic cancer. As a preventative measure, Hook will self-inject blood thinners daily once he’s home. He did these in January for almost a month, right after the December surgery, and it’s a procedure he’s comfortable with already.
Hook feels 100% better. He looks better, has color in his face, and he seems to have twice the energy he’s had in a long time. He certainly seemed to have a good appetite in the hospital which is not the gourmet place you want to find yourself hungry.
I wish I could tell you for certain how much time Hook has left, but we don’t know. No one does not even the doctors. He could have three weeks, he could have three months, he could have three years. Everything depends on how well we self-manage his diet and exercise and stick to holistic methods of treatment as much as possible.
Thanks to everyone for your kind words and thoughts but especially your prayers. A special thanks to my friend, Linda Lou, a cancer nurse who has been guiding and helping us to interpret information at each new turn. Linda Lou has been the voice of reason since all of this started almost a year ago. She’s been a trusted medical confidant to my family for over 20 years, and it’s her advice that led to my father living 10 more healthy years. Had he listened to his oncologist, he would have been dead in six months with chemo in his veins. When my father did pass away in 2011, it was from natural causes and not cancer, and not one ounce of chemo ever entered his body.
Anything is possible. I know this because I’ve experienced it. And I think that if my husband is willing to get his head out of his ass and open his mind to something more than just data that he can experience the impossible, too.