Family and Friends of George McCracken

George McCracken is my Father. He's 73 years old. This past September he was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Our family is spread across the country spanning three time zones and this blog is an attempt to create a place where we can all share information. Feel free to post updates from calls home to Ma or whatever related random thoughts you might feel like sharing.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Another short stay in the hospital...

Dad was back in the hospital overnight. He was supposed to go in yesterday for his first Kemo treatment. The Dr saw how badly swollen his legs were and how generally weak Dad was, he decided to do a bunch of blood work and other tests instead.

The tests showed that Dad has blood clots in both legs that are causing the swelling. This is an unfortunate side affect of PC. They started him on a blood-thinning agent and kept him overnight for observation to make sure the new medicine didn’t cause any complications.

Depending on how his blood work looks in the morning they may also do a blood transfusion.

He’ll be released early tomorrow and will go over to the Kemo unit before coming home. Ma will have to continue injections of the blood-thinner when he gets home.

For the last few weeks, when asked how things are going, Ma responds with “FINE”. Last week I told her that I once had the word find described to me by a psychiatrist as: F’d up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional. She continued her characterization of how things were going until last night. She was in Dad’s hospital room when I called. I asked how things were going and she responded: “Good”. There was a pause and then she said, “I didn’t say FINE”. So I guess the time spent in the hospital has yielded some improvement. Right now we’ll take any good news.


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