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Please don't worry yourself at this time with possible mets,
nothing to be done. From your origianal posting, it appears to
me that your FIL is imminently dying, and your focus should
be on keeping him comfortable. If this may be done best in an
inpatient Hospice, that is the direction you should head.
I, personally believe, that this may be done in the home setting,
equally as well, so be it, that your husband and other family members
are committed to his care. A foley catheter, as mentioned on another
post, would appear to be most beneficial. Pain is manageable with
the Fentenyl patch and liquid morphine, restlessness may be managed with
ATC Ativan/Xanax, Ativan readily available in liquid form. Oxygen would
be beneficial with no bad side effects. Appetite not an issue, forcing
food/fluid at this stage may be more problematic, refer you to www.crossing
thecreek.com for an excellent resource. At home, FIL is familiar with
surroundings, and loved ones more readily available, and nothing, nothing
will take away the memories and satisfaction of being there to ease
the transition from this life into the next. Take Care and God Speed!
Excellent suggestions from ktwlpn, you may also try a tray
of cat litter under the bed, cat litter will absorb some odors.
I would also address the source, possible UTI and/or yeast
infection which may be pallatively treated with oral antibiotics/
Diflucan. Best wishes!
Thanks for your input, you had some excellent thoughts.
Bowel obstruction may have been a factor especially with
one of the two patients, she had rapid growing tumor(s)
in the peritoneal/abdominal areas. I've considered the drug
issues, both patients were on the Fentenyl transderm patch,
one was being given morphine concentrate frequently, the
other was not. Also, as you inquired, I can't be sure if there
was mets to the brain, in either case. You're correct, we
get several patients in Hospice that have the primary cancer,
some mets to other organs confirmed, but the oncologist has
stopped testing before getting CT of head, even when mets to the
brain may be suspected. But, then again, I've had several Hospice
patients with brain cancer or where mets to the brain has been
disgnosed that did not have the projectile vomiting just prior to
death. Thanks again for your input.
Thank you leslie, I was hoping for your input.
Best guess with my two patients would be
metabolic imbalance, both patients had extensive,
rapid growing tumors throughout their bodies
(sarcoma and melanoma). I'm glad to hear this is
rare, I've experienced the two cases in my 3 years
of Hospice, but they came within a few months of
each other, and I felt helpless. Thanks again leslie,
and thanks to your medical director. Our medical
director is a GP and new to Hospice. I will discuss
with him at our next IDT. Take Care!
My experience with assisted living is not good, and unless you are willing/able
to provide continuous care, it is unlikely that symptoms will be managed as
the patient's disease progresses. The ALF's I've been involved with require the family to be available to administer prn medications, and only provide
assistance with ADL's on a scheduled basis. I just experienced
a Hospice patient being removed from an ALF because the
family was upset that the ALF was unable to provide the
care they had assured the family they could provide, and then, refused to
reimburse the family's prepayment because the family did not give 30 day notice. Patient went home with 24 hour sitters and died peacefully and
comfortably with very attentive sitters, for approximately the same amount
of per diem the family was paying the ALF. In this area, the number of ALF
Hospice patients is on the rise because Trinity Hospice now owns Sunrise
Assisted Living Facilities.
No warning on impending vomiting, both patients semi to fully comatose, non-responsive to verbal stimuli at the time. Neither had brain mets, both had
extensive tumors, thus my assumption of the body purging itself of toxins.
Do any of you instruct the families that projectile vomiting may be one of
the symptoms with impending death? Thanks for your replies.
I've had two cases within the last few months, pt. w/projectile
vomiting just prior to death, both cancer patients. I've
explained this to the families as the body's method of expelling
the buildup of toxins from the cancer.
In both cases, the episodes of projectile vomiting caused much
family consternation and anguish, tainting the otherwise smooth,
peaceful transition into the next life; and leaving this Hospice
nurse with a feeling of inadequacy and helplessness.
I'm asking for your input. How do you explain the projectile vomiting
to families? Is there anything you do to prepare patient or family for
this possibility? Is there anything you do to try to prevent or do you
think it may be prevented?
Thank you for your time, I wish you all the best. God Speed!
I'm glad the fever responded to Tylenol. There
have been other threads here regarding elevated
temps, some Hospice nurses treat the temps, others
don't. Others here have addressed causes of increased
temp, may I also add the possibility of infection, and,
in your FIL case, may be caused by the cancer tumors,
and is referred to as tumor fever. Take care, your FIL
is blessed to have you caring for him!
Dear Atl John,
Dying isn't always pretty, but it's challenging.
You present as a very compassionate
guy, and Hospice is all about compassion.
Best wishes and God Speed!
Here in Louisiana, LPN's are used as mc3 describes in Florida,
LPN partnered with RN to manage a case load. I've mostly
worked with a part-time LPN, or a shared LPN (with other RN
case managers) and has worked very well. I've not worked with
a LPN who did recerts, IDT reviews, or updated care plans, but
would welcome. Some of the Hospices I've worked with have used
LPN's on-call and has worked well. LPN's may pronounce death in
Louisiana. Take care.
Don't wait until he gets worse, titrate medication until you get your
patient comfortable; and let your total assessment determine his comfort
level, use your education/experience.
In this situation, the pleural taps are pallative, and Hospice needs to
step forward. Your mother needs to be supported throughout, but issues
need to be addressed and resolved, denial/avoidance isn't an option.
Why the rush to judgement? Drive-by Hospice? Where's
is your coordinator/administrator? Is marketing dictating
nursing care? What pallative care can you provide with
Spelling and literacy would be a start. Best wishes!
Duragesic came out with a 12 mcg patch, I understand they are
expensive, relative to higher strengths, but gives another tool
when titrating medications.
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