My name is Bill. My dad has been in the hospital for several months without improvement. I feel like I am watching him die before my eyes. I was hoping someone could help. He has so many seemingly unrelated symptoms that I feel we are just missing something.
His symptoms are vomitting, severe back pain, burping, nausea, high white cell count (with no sign of infection or fever), depression, dehydration, poor kidney function, weight loss, bed sores, hoarsness, hypotension (low blood pressure), blood clots (both legs). I realize that some of these could be a result of his extended hospital stay. They are also having trouble getting good blood samples.
He has had a history of bladder cancer with a sugery about 14 months ago to remove his bladder and put in a stoma. His severe back pain began in September 2007. The stoma herneated and was surgically "tucked in" in Nov 2007. He started with the vomitting, nausea, and burping in about January 2008 during what we thought was a bout with the flu. He was very dehydrated and lost a lot of weight. They couldn't find anything wrong for quite a while and eventually took out his gall bladder. His symptoms continued and they diagnosed him with gastroparesis and put a feed tube into his small intestine and a drain tube in his stomach to empty the bile and acids.
If this sound familiar to anyone I would greatly appreciate any feedback. God Bless.