Doug is in the process of coming off the Duragesic patches, which controlled his pain. He has gotten tired of living by the patches, two good days one sluggish blah day. The pain is under control, he is only in pain when he eats, and Lortab taken before eating has helped this pain. He is still very skinny, but is trying very hard to eat enough to gain some weight. He is eating child portions of food, and it takes a long time to eat that child’s portion of food. Right now, he is on day 5 of his “detox”. . . the patches are good for 3 days and the doctor said that the best way to get off them is to leave it on for longer and longer periods of time. He is tired, having some nausea with occasional vomiting due to the detox, but otherwise doing well.
On Monday he is scheduled for a CT/PET scan to see if he is cancer free or not. He will be able to remove the port he has used for chemo/IV fluids, etc, and the stomach tube if he is tumor free. He is not sure if he will take the stomach tube out right away since it is useful and painless for getting calories. He has found that he can drink Ensure so once the tube comes out, he can continue drinking that to add calories.
I will keep everyone posted next week with the results of the CT/PET scan. Wish us luck!