On Jan 26, 2013 My 46 year old husband drove himself to and walked into the ER after having congestion and a bad cough for over 3 weeks. Xray and Cat scan showed a large mass in his chest and neck, admitted, biopsy revealed adenocarcinoma probable origin from the lung, port was put in for chemo and plans to discharge with plans for outpatient radiation and chemo. 7 days after being admitted was told he had a blood infection from his port and hospital acquired pneumonia but they acted like it was routine and started AB. He started swelling, blot clots, fast pulse, low BP, trouble breathing etc. 1st round of chemo done Feb 2. Feb 7 started hallucinating, pulling lines out, trying to leave hospital and was found by the elevator on another floor, 2 hours later he had to be intubated (doctor said tumor had wrapped around his trachea). He received another round of chemo while on life support and his body started swelling severely (gained over 50 lbs in a couple weeks),everything started failing except his brain. I was harassed to take him off the ventilator but refused, he was moved to another (better) hospital and was on dozens of meds, he lived till March 11 (4 weeks and 4 days on life support) Found out after his death he had septic shock and 2 port infections and pneumonia all acquired from the 1st hospital. I got and am reading all his records from the 1st hospital (over 2500 pages) and am finding that all his problems seem to be from sepsis infection and not cancer. There was alot "swept under the rug" and I can't help but to want to know why. I wondered why the doctor's at the first hospital kept insisting to "terminally wean" him off the ventilator even though he could communicate with his eyes. They kept claiming the cancer was the culprit. I don't even know if he even had a chance to fight the cancer. My husband was a hard working man, he was doing yard work a week before going to the ER. Is it just me or does something just not seem right with this?
Tue, 04/16/2013 - 17:32#1
Husband died of Lung cancer or Septic Shock? - 1255706