My father is on hospice in my home for the last 7 weeks for COPD. However, he also has other health issues, like heart, blood pressure, diabetes, Colon Cancer, prostrate cancer and kidney failure. His last blood work in the hospital showed him to be a 2.7-3.2 on his Cre? levels. (sorry, cant spell it)
Dad has stopped eating to the point where he has one-three bites of food. He drinks, but not like he use to. His body is seeping fluid, especially from his belly. His feet are swollen, and have been for about 6 days now. He went this week at 39 hours with no urine output, then he urinated 590cc's, then nothing again. Now, it has been 26 more hours of no urine. His skin is so itchy that he digs at it. (we use anti itch lotions, and itch pills)
Dad vomits almost all the time when he tries food. He also feels sick to his stomach. His skin is dark on his arms, and his belly looks bloated and red.
Because he is on hospice, there will be no heroic methods to save him, however, I need to know what happens to him as his body keeps shutting down, especially his kidneys. My mom died from kidney failure, but she was on dialysis for 1.6 years before she decided to stop treatments. She actually died peacefully the very next morning. She simply said she was tired and went to sleep, forever.
Is my dad suffering? I mean, I don't see him in pain, but he is on medication. Is he dying an awful death? I am afraid to sleep at night, and worry that the end may be soon. How long does death normally occur when the kidneys are not producing and he has those other symptoms?
Please help me, this is urgent to me.
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