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Mom just passed away. Could Dr. have been wrong?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 8, 2011
  • 07:18 PM

My mother passed away just recently. She was only in her 60's and for some reason, was passing food. She was either not eating or vomiting. So we brought her for a ultrasound and it turned out she had a blockage in her bowel. Not only was there a blockage but we were told that this blockage was due to a cancerous growth; stage 4 colon cancer and that it had spread to other parts of her other organs. They then performed a colonoscopy which resulted in a perforated bowel.

Here's what the Dr. said. First he asked what our insurance was. My mother was on government insurance. Then he proceeded to tell us that performing the surgery would result in a colorectomy (bag on side of stomach for wasted) a wire in her neck, and all other sorts of complications and that those things, along with her cancer, wouldn't give her a very good chance of survival, even after the surgery. The other option he told us was that we could just put her on anti-biotics and hope the perforation would heal itself. I almost felt like the Dr. was giving us all these reasons for not having the surgery almost like he didn't want to bother with all the work. I also asked if the colorectomy bag would be permanent, he said yes, which I later googled and found out it can be reversed. I also googled on perforations, and every site I went to said in perforation situations, you almost always take the surgery. Why was the doctor not wanting to perform the surgery?

Later I found out that many years ago, I mother used to eat dirt as in geophagy. I found out that dirt can cause blockages. The only thing was she was practicing geophagy about 25 - 30 years ago. Does anyone know what dirt looks like in an x-ray and can it be misdiagnosed for dark spots (which the doctors said was the concern that she had cancer)

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