My mom has had a long journey since Feb. and has put up more fight than I think I could of. Right from the get go she has refused chemo but did 39 radiation tx to upper right lobe. But within the last 2 weeks has had increased difficulty breathing, pain in her chest and is getting weaker. Took her to her pulmonary dr last wed. and he treated her for possible infection with antibotics and steroids. He did a chest xray on fri. and showed me her lungs, not being familiar with how they are suppose to look he explained to me that they should be black but her right one is almost completly white and her left one has just a small amount of black. He said that all the white is cancer. When I asked what that means he said she probably had a couple months to go. I said what happens if she cant breath should I take her to the Er. His response was no. He suggested hospice. He told her the cancer has spread but she refuses to give up. In fact Im getting ready right now to take her to the casino her favorite thing to do. Im scared as hell to take her but I must. Please wish me luck with her today and I dont mean winning luck just the kind of luck that she has a great time.
Back to my original question......when is it time to call hospice, Im afraid if I do she will give up all hope.