Cynthia is in Heaven

Some of you know now because of Facebook. Cynthia passed away on 30 April 2100hrs European time. Her family and best friend were there at her bedside when she took her last breath. It was so hard to watch her do this. She has not responded to anyone since Saturday before when her father showed up. At that time she opened her eyes but that’s all. The hospital staff took over that night she died. They cleaned her and dressed her with the outfit she picked to be cremated in. Also the shoes. She had a pair she had bought a while back and after wearing them one time, they hurt her foot. So she says those are the ones we can put on her feet when she dies because she always liked them and she will not feel the pain on her toe. She had some humor before she...

Comatose State

Its been hard these last few days. She has been here at the hospital and after they brought her here, she has been in comatose state. They had her on 60mg morphine and Midazolam and Haldol. After researching these drugs I convinced them to take out Midazolam and cut the morphine in half to 30mg. If she is starting to feel pain they can give her a little extra then. But before she came here she was responsive and was able to drink and eat some. I think the potency of these drugs are keeping her out and even though it seems like she wants to respond to us, she cant. Therefore the reduction in medication. Its worth a try. She is a strong person. If she¬†doesn’t¬†respond after that then I will accept it. The doctor thought it was also worth a try. I hope she can...

No Improvements

This past Wednesday I had to call the ambulance to take Cynthia to the hospital because she was in so much pain. This is the worst I have seen it. It wasnt just an ow ow it was screaming from the pain. The ambulance came and her oxygen level was only 80 so they gave her oxygen plus her pulse was pretty high. Probably from the pain. She is in the hospital now. It is expected she will stay here according to the doctors. She is pretty drugged up on morphine so she has no pain. I can barely understand her at times because of slurred speech or garbled talk. So I think its just a matter of a few days now. Chris is here as well as her mother and Melanie comes tomorrow (Friday) and her dad on Saturday. Its a hard time now. We take turns staying at the hospital overnight...

Big Syringe

Cynthia went to the hospital this past week on Wednesday to get her lung drained. She was admitted. First she was in quarantine because she had to be tested for MRSA bacteria. I guess here in Norway if you have been in any hospital outside of Norway, the test needs to be done. Funny thing is, I was with her in the US at these hospitals and I was not tested.Anyway on Thursday afternoon the test was negative and they moved her to 1K, a part of the hospital where all cancer patients stay when there. On Friday at 1645 there took her to drain her lung. I was use to the equipment they used in MDA but in Norway they used a big syringe to drain her. Something like a pull and push action on the syringe. Pull to pull liquid out, turn the valve so it can be pushed into a...

Back in Norway

We arrived back in Norway on the 26th of March. On the 28th Cynthia had an appointment with the oncologist. He scheduled the palliative care unit to meet with Cynthia and he also gave us their telephone number so we can call them 24hrs a day whenever she needs help. He also gave her some other medicine to help with the burning feeling she has inside her body. On the 29th we met with our house doctor. He scheduled a visit from the commune where we live to help us with a medical bed, wheelchair, toilet seat that sits higher with arm rails, and also a shower chair. The lady came yesterday to look at the house and to tell us what we can get etc. This is all covered by the Norwegians. So its free. I pay into their health care anyway because I have to so thats why its...

IBC, Not Typical Breast Cancer

This is Paul. I just wanted everyone to know that Cynthia has stopped treatments in Houston. We are currently on our way back home to Norway. She has decided for now quality of life over misery and sickness. I could not say this before but now the family knows so its OK if others know this. The trials she tried were either not working or it was making her very sick and weak. She was scared that if she became too weak and caught something like pneumonia, she would not be strong enough to fight it. That is what happened to our friend Mike, who was also getting chemo for leukemia. He got very weak, somehow got pneumonia and only lived for a couple days before he died. She did not want that to happen to her there in the US with no family around her. Also just so you...