The day after arriving in the hospital after receiving the IV nutrition, she seemed to improve pretty fast, feeling better and just all around more normal. She had the catheter installed in her abdomen to drain the fluid. We haven't been able to remove much fluid yet, though. Since that procedure she has not really fully woken up and is not mentally all there. That was done Wednesday. We have also learned that because of the long break from chemo the cancer has gotten worse and has spread more in the lungs and to the adrenal glands. It's hard to say for sure, but her decrease in cognitive function is probably related to the build up of all the pain meds she's on, her electrolyte imbalance, her sick liver, adrenal gland and kidneys. She's also much weaker despite the IV nutrients.
We are having a family fast on Sunday and we invite all of you to join us.
I forgot to mention that her Oncologist decided he didn't think it was a good idea to delay any longer the chemo treatments, but also didn't want to give the full dose yet. So last night she started with only the drug Erbitux, which is an antibody that is supposed to target cancer cells and slow their growth. Other then extreme fatigue, she ha had no other side effects yet.