I am so upset right now...and it's not about Bruce, even though he does have an issue going on at the moment. We have a friend, Bob, who was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer in July. He went through the chemo/rads for six weeks and tolerated it pretty well. Moving up to last Wednesday...he had his rectal cancer surgery, which was successful and has a temp. ileostomy. He did not have an NG tube and was feeling pretty good. His surgeon let him go home on Saturday morning. My friend called me Saturday night asking what Bob could use for severe heartburn. Sunday, he started vomiting and not feeling well at all. He was vomiting on Monday. They called the surgeon and his wife told him he was vomiting. The doc changed his pain medication. His ileostomy was having a lot of output that the doc was going to start him on Imodium to slow it down. He finally went back into the hospital on Tuesday morning. He wasn't having much output at the time and was still throwing up bile. They did a CT and he had a blockage. Bob was put on a liquid diet as the surgeon said this would slowly move the blockage and this happens a lot after surgery. Well, early this morning, Bob was having trouble breathing and they moved him to the ICU. His oxygen is 58 and he is now on life support!!!!!!!! How can this happen???!!! They are giving him hours to live!!!! We are so upset. Have any of you heard of such a thing after rectal surgery??? Bob's surgeon is a great doctor and a board certified colorectal surgeon.
We are praying for a miracle. Please keep Bob and his family in your prayers.
Last edited by Nanette
on Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Husband, Bruce - diag. 12/07/08 at age 50
Stage IIIB CC, poorly diff, muc. adeno, sig. ring cell
Stage I bladder cancer
1 of 17 LN affected
Finished chemo/rad on 8/19/09
Four years NED on 12/11/12 - Thank God!!