I work in the home health sector but we frequently care for patients even after they qualify for hospice and until their death.
I am caring for a 60 yr. old woman with chordoma (a rare bone cancer). She is one of the sweetest patients I've ever had. You can actually feel the tumors all over her body and yesterday she showed me two new ones on her leg, mainly this is on the left side of her body. She has struggled with is for 11 yrs. and it is finally coming to an end. She has been bedridden for over a month now and the past week or so she seems a little "out of it." She sleeps more than she is awake, she acts very weak and sleepy a lot of the time. But she has a good appetite still. She is not drinking as much and her urine is dark and has a lot of sediment (she has a foley).
I am wanting to say she is starting to go through the stages of dying. Does anyone have any experience with how long we can expect this process to last?