While Sherryl has recovered well from surgery, painful spasms have been intermittent over the past several days. Morphine, Dilaudid, and Flexeril are prescriptions she is currently taking, in addition to Femara. She appeared to be making progress and, even as recently as Sunday, was able to move about the house with the help of her walker.
Radiation therapy to Sherryl's right hip began last week, which involves her getting on and off a treatment table. She monitors her progress based on the level of pain she feels getting on and off that table. She definitely felt pain on Thursday, and was encouraged by not needing any help on Friday. Monday was a very different experience.
Sherryl was able to get on the table for her treatment, but was unable to get off the table as she experienced excruciating pain in her hip and back when attempting to move. Pain medication is not working as hoped. While on the table, she was given additional doses of Morphine; excruciating pain continued and she was unable to get off the table at all.
Since Sherryl's radiation treatment occurs at an out-patient cancer center, no staff (such as transporters found in the hospital) were available Monday night to assist her in moving off the table. The doctor decided to admit her to the hospital for pain management and an ambulance was needed to move Sherryl from the cancer center to the hospital. With Richard at her side, she was admitted to the hospital through the Emergency Room and was eventually moved to a hospital room in the wee hours of the morning.
As of this morning, she remains in pain despite increased doses of medication, and doctors are expected to (a) determine how best to manage the pain Sherryl is experiencing and (b) determine the root cause of the pain so it can be eliminated.
On a positive note, Sherryl's surgeon is extremely pleased with the outcome of the lumpectomy surgery. Given that this is an aggressive cancer, the tumor margins were clear indicating the entire mass was removed. Eight lymph nodes were also removed and the pathology report indicates cancer cells were found in those nodes. Subsequent radiation treatment to the breast area will target cancer cells in surrounding lymph nodes.
Needless to say, the excrutiating pain Sherryl is experiencing in her right hip and back resulting in hospitalization is a huge setback and very upsetting to her and to us all. We are hoping her doctors are able to identify immediately the cause of the pain and get it under control as soon as possible.
Special Request: Sherryl received a few phone calls today and was not able to answer the phone in her hospital room. In consideration of maximizing her treatment to reduce pain and increasing opportunities to catch up on sleep, we ask that there be no calls to the hospital at this time. Thank you so much for understanding the reasons for this request.