[stanford_status] Jan 22,
Mon - Back from CT scan and waiting for results
John R Larsen
john at larsen-family.us
Mon Jan 22 13:57:21 EST 2007
We're back from the CT scan. We haven't heard back from Dr. O'Shea
yet. We expect that this afternoon. However, Joyce and I were in
the control room while the scans were being taken. It doesn't look
good to our untrained eyes. The tumors look huge, filling up his
whole liver. These latest scans need to be compared to the ones
from Nov 21st. I've requested a copy of the scans and will post
that to the website when I get them.
Stanford is increasingly weaker and weaker. Last night was hard.
In preparation for the CT scan Stanford had to drink contrast. This
helps provide better scans. Between 7 PM and 9 PM he was supposed
to drink 30 ounces of juice with the contrast mixed in. He doesn't
have much room to hold that much so he only got half done. Then he
wasn't supposed to eat or drink anything until after the scan. All
the extra fluid made him wake up often during the night needing to
use the bathroom, which involved walking to and from the bathroom
and getting in and out of bed. We made a lot more trips than usual
and it really sapped his energy. We picked up a couple of plastic
urinals while at the hospital so that he can stay in bed more. The
poor kid is so weak.
In the past trips out of the house have required Stanford to climb
the porch stairs to get back in the house upon return. The ramps
were too steep for me to push him up. Some good friends visited
last evening and he said he had longer ramps. He installed them for
us later that evening. That made it possible to wheel Stanford back
into the house today. I'm sure he wouldn't have had the energy to
climb the stairs.
He's declining very rapidly and it is very painful to watch. As
always, it is in the Lord's hands. If He needs Stanford more on the
other side than we do here, then Stanford will go and be free from
all the pain and suffering he has endured for so long. I admire
Stanford's courage and strength. Please keep us in your thoughts
I'll email again when we know more.
John R Larsen <john at larsen-family.us>
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