My kevin is dying , hiccups help if you know

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My kevin is dying , hiccups help if you know

Postby las » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:17 pm

My dearest Kevin is dying and we are at the very end, we have been doing the morphine and Ativan as prescribed. We have had he hospice people come out everyday. They tell me this sometimes happens, but we have no real method of helping him as we know it is very uncomfortable for him. He moans everytime it happens, has anyone of the caregivers experienced this with their love one?

We were doing so good with pain control and all recently, but can't help him with this now. They seem to last for about an hour then go away sometimes and then he start up again. Hospice doesn't seem to help in this regard.




I just want my husband to be comfortable at all times.

Love,

Lisa
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Fiance DX 6/27/11 CC IV w/liver mets,adrenal glnd,pet.
7/25/11 folfox
8/2/11 surg.colon wall prefor.no removal of tumor
8/24/11 folfox ,3/12 5FU, 5/12 irinitecan failed, 7/12 didn't qualify regronfenib
8/13/12 Hospice, 8/18/12 married, died 9/10/2012

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Re: My kevin is dying , hiccups help if you know

Postby msbeowulf » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:25 pm

Lisa,

I haven't had any direct experience but did a quick Google search and found many articles related to a hiccup side effect from slow-release morphine. Hopefully some other caregivers will soon see your question and be able to offer any help they have.

The only thing I can say to give you comfort is from our experience when my sweet mother was in her last hours from lung failure (after years of methotrexate treatment for rheumatoid arthritis); she was on a slow-release morphine drip for pain and would occasionally moan pitifully. After a time or two, we asked her if she were hurting, thinking we would ask to have the amount of morphine increased. Amazingly, she said, "No, not at all." So it's possible that Kevin's moans are involuntary, and he is not aware of any discomfort. I pray that's the case!

Patti
59 yrs old
Right hemicolectomy on Oct. 2, 2012, to avoid potential malignancy from SSA
Searcy, AR

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Re: My kevin is dying , hiccups help if you know

Postby tammylayne » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:42 pm

Hi Lisa'

There IS a drug they can give that will stop the hiccups, I am so sorry I don't know what it is called though. I hope someone else does and joins in.

My husband was admitted to the hospital a couple of years ago in excruiting pain, they gave him meds for the pain and he ended up with wicked hiccups. They were able to perscribe another drug that stopped them almost right away.

Perhaps a call to your doctor?

Good luck to you....I wish only calm, peace and gentle moments for Kevin.
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'06 Stage 1 CC,
'10 Stage 3 Rectal

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Guet

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Postby Guet » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:47 pm

It's called Thorazine, but I'm not sure when it is or is not prescribed - may want to ask your hospice nurse.

Thoughts are with you both!

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Postby las » Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:08 pm

Kevin can no longer swallow, we r talking probably hours before he passes, but it could be another day or so I guess, the signs are there, but only God knows when.

Lisa
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Fiance DX 6/27/11 CC IV w/liver mets,adrenal glnd,pet.
7/25/11 folfox
8/2/11 surg.colon wall prefor.no removal of tumor
8/24/11 folfox ,3/12 5FU, 5/12 irinitecan failed, 7/12 didn't qualify regronfenib
8/13/12 Hospice, 8/18/12 married, died 9/10/2012

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Postby Calluna » Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:11 pm

Hi Lisa -

I'm so sorry you guys have reached this point. I've been lurking for almost a year now and my heart goes out to you.

I just wanted to say, I just read a poston another CRC site where someone was given thorazine for hiccups. Apparently it worked wonders. Perhaps you could ask your doctors? I hope you're able to find something to help ease this for him - hiccups are annoying enough at the best of times, and I'm pretty sure this counts as the absolute worst of times :(

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Postby Peteswife » Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:12 pm

Oh Lisa, you are in my prayers! THis is a very bad time for you! I've been through it, and I wish you all the strength you need! All my love!
Ilse
(late hubby Pete's wife)
After 8,5 years living with CRC, Pete passed away on 17/4/2012. We had lots of quality time, we said our goodbyes! I am at peace because he doesn't suffer anymore! He is now better off with the Lord! We will surely miss him very very much!!

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Postby dianetavegia » Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:19 pm

Lisa, I'm so sorry........ I'm so heart broken for you.

I looked up 'hiccups during hospice and found nurses asking about hiccups during end of life. There was no definitive answer but baclofen or thorazin were the meds given to stop them. Most nurses said it's a CNS problem and/ or renal failure.
Stage III cc surgery 1/7/09. 12 tx FOLFOX
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Postby elissa » Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:25 pm

Lisa,
Just saw your post and had to log on. When my husband was dying, he also had the hiccups. I am pretty sure that the drug they gave him to control it was Reglan. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Unfortunately I have been there myself.
Elissa
Wife of John, 52
Dx cc 9/3/10; Stage IV
14/25 LN; 2 liver mets
Lynch: MSH2; KRAS mutant
Colon resection 9/9
Various complications
12 rounds of FOLFOX/FOLFIRI
was called home on 4/30/11

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Postby Phuong » Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:31 pm

What a sad time this must be for you Lisa. I'm so sorry. :(
Phuong
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Postby abuttigi » Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:32 pm

elissa wrote:Lisa,
Just saw your post and had to log on....
Elissa


Same here. Wishing you and Kevin peace during this terrible time. We are all with you Lisa.

Angie
Daughter to George (64)
Dx'ed Jan '11 Stage IV CC liver and peritoneum, KRAS mutant
Folfox
Folfori, Avastin
SIRT
Aug '12- progression in liver, mets to lungs
Oct '12- mets to bone, Regorafenib
Nov '12- Hospice
12/10/12- Became my beautiful angel in heaven

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Postby janklo » Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:17 pm

So sorry to hear this news. I wish is could be painfree and peaceful for both of you. Know that we are all thinking of you guys.
Mom to 28 yo daughter
colectomy 2/22/10, stage 3C, signet cell
7/2011 peritoneal mets
HIPEC September 2012, difficult recovery
Hospice 10/31/2012, Died 11/16/2012

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Postby clarabelle64 » Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:21 pm

Dear Lisa, I'm so sorry to hear this news about Kevin. I hope he gets some relief from the hiccups.....my very best to you.....
Clarabelle
Clarabelle, Mother of Deborah who has CC with mets to liver + lungs.
Has been on Folfiri then 5FU + Oxi
Lung Mets progressed
Currently on Intravenous Vit C + diet + supplements
My darling girl passed away 18.8.2011

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Re: My kevin is dying , hiccups help if you know

Postby dj2158 » Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:42 pm

Lisa,

I am so sorry about Kevin. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Get a hold of hospice and demand they find out how to stop this for Kevin.

Donna
Donna
Dx 10/'07 age 54 3CC Sigmoid 1/25 nodes lap
Folfox 11/'07-4/'08
Vats Lung 7/'09 met
Vats Lung 7/'10 two mets, Irinotecan/Xeloda 9/'10-2/'11
Lung Resec, 3 1/2 rt ribs 4/'12
10-15 spots both lungs & 1.4cm nodule, 7/'12
xeloda & avastin 9/'12

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Re: My kevin is dying , hiccups help if you know

Postby JulieG » Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:21 pm

Lisa,

Thoughts, prayers and many hugs.

JulieG
Age 53 at DX 8/24/11
Stage IV colon cancer
mult. liver mets
9/11 colon resection, Folfox till 3/12
5FU till 9/12 - CEA increasing
Folfiri 10/12 - Erbitux added 12/12
Bone Mets, Lymph nodes CEA still rising
Looking at clinical trials, scheduled for SIRT


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