My mom was admitted to the hospital yesterday with an active gastric bleed. She’d started off with her already too low hemoglobin at 6.5 and within a couple hours was down to 5.9. (Avg range 12-14.) So, something major is going on.
She’s being transfused with a couple units of blood overnight and will undergo an endoscopy
tomorrow today. I’ve asked my sister to push the docs to biopsy the bleeding area and to also get them to run bloodwork for a CEA, CA-19.9, DR-70, CA-125…something, anything to determine if there’s some sort of cancer causing this amount of bleeding over the past four years. All too often, G.I. bleeds are treated as just that and not investigated further, leading to missing cancer that spreads quickly and rather invasively to lymph nodes and major organs. I’m praying that’s not what’s going on, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. My friend’s dad went through this very same course of treatment only to find later that it was a gastro-intestinal cancer that metastisized rapidly and left him with all of 2 weeks to say goodbye to his family. I don’t want that happening here.
My fingers are crossed that we’re not looking at anything that horrible, though what my mom is going through is serious enough on its own. Please pray that she will make a quick recovery.
Also, I’m looking to get back to San Diego next week for a couple days, so if anyone has flight vouchers they could donate, it’d be greatly appreciated. I refuse to not be there this time around, even if it’s only for a couple days.
Thank you for all the loving thoughts and prayers I know you’ll send her way!