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Living with Cancer and Managing Pain Continued.

Posted by Mimspicker on Thursday, September 4, 2008

September 4, 2008

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It has been a busy month since my last entry. First, I was turned down by the MD Anderson Cancer Center for a second opinion. I was disappointed, but I understand this is a common occurrence the MD Anderson, especially with out-of-state patients. They did do a complete review of my records and determined there were no clinical trials I was eligible for and a simple second opinion was not warranted.

Next, I started having pain in my lower back, hips and down my right leg. Classic lower lumbar back problems, only this is partially caused from the metastic cancer in the bone.

I started in the ER at the hospital a little less than a month ago in extreme pain. Spent a few days there and started a new round of radiation. Then a couple of weeks later a trip back to the ER with extreme pain. I was sent home with no relief and I was ticked. I ended up back in the hospital two days later for another week!

After several Doctors’ opinions, MRI’s, x-rays and scans, a plan was laid out. Needless to say the pain is still the large issue. I have now had surgery with a pump inserted in my abdomen and a catheter delivering a measured amount of pain medicine directly to the affected area. A small complication in recovery landed me in the hospital overnight again.  The pump has helped some but has not relieved all the pain as I stand or sit straight up. A second round of radiation was ordered and I’m currently in the middle of treatments.

I just ended another five day stay in the hospital for dehydration. I couldn’t keep any food down and became sicker and sicker. The Doctors admitted me and it took five days to get my system back to normal. Got out of the hospital this morning. Glad to be home.

We are looking into another surgery to help relieve the remaining pain through a procedure called kyphoplasty. For a little information on the procedure http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00388 Most of the Doctors believe this may take care of the remaining pain issues.

Until then I’ll keep fighting and as always I want to thank everyone for their prayers, thoughts and words of encouragement.

Keeping the focus on Him…

Bill

Mimspicker

 



19 comments on “Living with Cancer and Managing Pain Continued.”

Mr. Quimby Says:
Thursday, September 4, 2008 @4:43:37 PM

Your determination to fight this and win is so inspirational.  I can't even describe the admiration I have for you.

As always, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

backtothefuture Says:
Thursday, September 4, 2008 @4:52:42 PM

Hang in there Bill.  

You're in my thoughts and prayers as always.

Dennis

BanjoDiva Says:
Thursday, September 4, 2008 @5:15:07 PM

Bill, this just sucks.  I don't know why bad things happen to good people (or even more curious, why good things happen to bad people).  Pain is such a frightening issue that I'd be lying if I said I had any idea what to say to you that may offer comfort.  Just know that Fred and I and the four bulldogs are pulling for you every day.  I'm hoping that you can get a good dose of relief very soon my friend.

DJMorgan Says:
Thursday, September 4, 2008 @5:25:42 PM

Bill, keep up the fight.  I sure hope that you get some relief soon.  You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

frailin Says:
Thursday, September 4, 2008 @6:29:30 PM

You're a tough guy, Bill.  That counts for a lot.  You've kept your courage and dignity through all this nonsense.  That DOES count for something. Sure makes me proud for you. 

Keep up the good fight.  Blessings to you.

Craig

vortex Says:
Thursday, September 4, 2008 @7:43:22 PM

 Us Bill's are tough.It has to be hard to stay positive at a time like this,but it makes all the difference.My prayers are with you. Your in a lot of peoples prayers. That's a lot of power.                                                                                               Bill

twayneking Says:
Thursday, September 4, 2008 @9:23:32 PM

Bill,

Our prayers are with you.

Tom

Ks_5-picker Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @3:27:09 AM

Prayin for ya Bill.

Debbielee Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @3:41:30 AM

Thanks for the update, and I, too, am praying. 

Dixie Chick Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @4:17:37 AM

Hey Bill thanks for the update - you are one tough cookie - You are still in my thoughts and prayers

xx

Dixie Chick Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @4:17:37 AM

Hey Bill thanks for the update - you are one tough cookie - You are still in my thoughts and prayers

xx

Dixie Chick Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @4:17:37 AM

Hey Bill thanks for the update - you are one tough cookie - You are still in my thoughts and prayers

xx

Kester Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @5:41:05 AM

You have my admiration, friendship, support, prayers and best wishes.  I have been in and out of hospital all my life.  I am used to it, but still think it unfair.  My experiences have taught me to see behind the obvious in life.  Life seems ever more beautiful and magical as I deteriorate.  It still frightens me, but you discover yourself through hardship.  For me, my experiences have shown me how lucky I am.  God Bless you!

mainejohn Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @5:43:46 AM

Bill: My heart goes out to you. The prayers of the Coleman family are with you.

Unplugged Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @5:54:47 AM

Keep up the good fight, Bill. You have one very huge rooting section here at the BHO, for sure!

inniepie Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @7:44:34 AM

Bill - I am thinking about you as you go through this. I hope the medication helps you with your pain, along with your loved ones. Keep your faith. Lyndsay

Banjosnob Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @8:06:25 AM

I take care of patients who are undergoing Kyphoplasty.   This procedure is great and relieves the pain symptoms imediately.   It is an outpatient procedure done under anesthesia.   Good Luck!

Rick Woods Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @10:31:31 AM

Mims,
Keep fighting it brother. You and your family are still in my prayers.

gibson1933 Says:
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @10:05:30 AM

Bill.......stay with it, man.  Debbie agrees with the above comment that the kyphoplasty procedure will help IMMENSELY!  You are always, and will continue to be, in our thoughts and prayers.  Our love and best wishes to you and your family.

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