Not too much has changed. Morning back pain has gotten too severe, so started to give her 2.5mg of morphine in the morning. This stuff works right away since it's a liquid and in a dropper. She reacts really well to it. Unlike movies where you see someone smile and pass-out, she is functional as it's not that big of a dose, but completely kills her pain. At which point, the rest of the day we give her a vicodin 5mg every six hours, and some 800mg Ibuprofen. That seems to be working for the pain.
We may have to amp up the steroids again soon, as she seems tired again, but I think we'll wait another week.
I recently purchased some Cucumin. Which is like this herb they are studying (Scientifically) that it may help prevent or in some cases reverse cancer. I realize it's not going to do that, however it's also an anti-inflammatory, and given her back situation, I figured it couldn't hurt.
She is very scatter brained at this point. Most people who speak to her are exasperated at trying to make heads or tails of what she is talking about. Everyone continues to take her seriously. So if she says she fell down four times, they believe her. Or if she says that she got up and made dinner, they believe her. No big deal, they aren't around her as much as I am so don't realize she's that far-gone to be thinking crazy things.
From what I understand, when cancer spreads, it starts to move into blood vessels and then get stuck/stop and begin growing in the cell walls. I am thinking I may start to give her an aspirin to thin her blood slightly, and also because aspirin is known to help with some kinds of cancer. If her blood is thinner it might relieve some pressure and also circumvent any cellular blockage. I'm no doctor, but I figure it can't hurt.
She is wetting the bed at night now, but can still get up and go to her portable toiler by her bed. So things aren't that grave yet.
Based on statistics I read on Brain Hospice, I think she's probably somewhere in the vicinity of at least another month. She has all the first stage symptoms but none of second or third. Honestly, if she didn't have the back pain, she wouldn't be doing too bad. She just can't catch a break with this cancer, everything about it is bad luck for her.