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

Waiting to go home

I just talked with Mom and Dad and he's waiting eagerly to go home. The doctor may realease him any time now. His arrhythmia has stabilized and they think the adjustment in medication may work. The doctor thinks he may have been having bouts of arrhythmia at home before and no one knew. They've put off chemo for another day. Mom will have to give him an injectable anticoagulant in his abdomen every twelve hours. I squicked, but Mom said it's not bad. It's a very fine needle and she doesn't have to push it in very far.

He sounds relieved to be going home, but still very weak. Mom said they were going to start home care services, and that sounds like a very good idea.

He was actually in slightly better shape nutritionally than the last time he was admitted, which is good news. I told Mom she was doing really good work because it's been hard to get him to eat. Since he hasn't had any trouble with the fats or sugar he's had so far, they said to worry less about that and concentrate on getting him to eat things that will keep him going despite the fact that he can't eat much at a time. I could hear his smile!

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