Bear was given a blood transfusion today. I was upset because they did not wait for me to get there to talk to the doctor to learn more about why he was being given a blood transfusion before he actually got one.
As it turns out, his hemoglobin was low and the transfusion is to bring up his blood cells and hopefully to give him some more energy. I know there was more to it than that but I can't recall off hand. It won't do anything for his blood clots, he is still getting blood thinners for that.
Dr. C came in to speak with Bear. She is the doctor who is taking over for Dr. St. G who is on holidays and it was her that ordered the blood transfusion. While she was there, I asked her if Bear could have another MRI to get an idea on how the cancer is progressing. She did not think this was a good idea. It would only cause more pain for Bear and it would not do anything to change the outcome of his situation. I then told her that we realize that there is not going to be a change in an outcome but how do we get a better idea of how long we have. How can we know just how bad it is if there isn't any testing done? Dr. C tells me how they determine how quickly one is declining. They base it upon how well Bear is eating, how alert he is, how well he communicates, how much he sleeps, how comfortable he is (with less pain medication), etc.
She says she believes he will be here to see the New Year. I thought this was good news, it means he will be here for Christmas and will live longer than he thought. Bear, of course, thinks this is awful news, that this means he will "only" live til the New Year. I told him that is not necessarily true. It means they think he will live AT LEAST that long. Perhaps longer!
Today, Bear was feeling much less pain than he has the last two days. Due to the blood transfusion, he had not gone in his chair today, but hopefully tomorrow he will be able to get in his chair and have little or no pain. The increase of pain medications seems to be working.
Here's to hoping for the best.