Hello All - well, Jim went to the VA center in Denton, Tx. on Monday, Oct 18th..the doctor examined him...He is definitely Stage IV, which I had already figured that out...The doctor does not like the way his stomach felt, nor his coloring. They did blood work on him...and have started him on pain medication. They wanted him to wait until Dec 3rd to come in, but my daughter-in-law, bless her heart, is a good advocate for us...She told them that was not acceptable, This was last Friday..Well, fortunately, they let him come in on Monday., the 18th. They called my daughter-in-law because they could not reach my husband. I was on my way to work on Tuesday morning, they said it was an emergency that I need to take to VA ER now. I turned the car around and met my daughter in law at the house, went in, woke him up and said you need to go the hospital...I thought there would be a huge argument over this...No, he agreed..His hemaglobin (sp) which last year was 18 was now 6.3....He needed a transfusion. We drove to the VA across Dallas, got to the ER and they got him right in...by then, it was down to 5.3....they admitted him and gave him 4 units of blood over a period of 9 hours. We were there for 2 days,...they released him last evening, with it up to 9.8, which is still not good. I have a feeling we might be doing this again soon. I have scheduled another appt in the VA center in Denton to check his blood on Nov 1st. His liver enzymes are perfect. The doctor thought they would be off the wall. His color was awful. He looks pinker now, but still not eating really good. Of course, they wanted him to do a colonoscopy and upper GI, but of course Jim was not ready to do this. The oncologist, said when it goes back down, he will give him another transfusion...maybe by then Jim will be open to a colonoscopy..If it's Mel, maybe they can remove it and resesction...You all know how hard it has been for me to get him to the doctor, so just getting him to the regular VA check-up for pain management was a big deal....and then the hospital....but he was so far down, he did not give me much trouble at all. I was shocked...So, am hoping and praying that if his levels go down again that, he will be open to the colonoscopy. They called his blood levels critical...The VA doctor also told us to go file an Agent Orange Claim right now. So we will be doing that in the morning. Please keep us in your prayers.
Sherron, wife to Jim