Since being hospitalized for pneumonia, my dad has declined even more. His TMZ and radiation are done for now and he is on IV medication for the pneumonia. He is not taking anything other than his necessary medications as he is refusing to swallow much else right now.
His processing has slowed considerably and it is as if he is on another planet. In other words, he is not with it and present. He will respond when we speak to him but then sort of checks out again. Sorry for the lack of medical terminology, but I am struggling to describe his state. When reaching for something it is slow and sometimes difficult. Sometimes he looks around for something and then he gives up or forgets. Everything has slowed considerably. Occasionally, he will say something that I don't expect him to know or remember and then he returns to the slower functioning soon after.
This seems like more than the aftermath of chemo and radiation that many of you have described. I feel as if something else is going on. His ct-scan does not suggest progression, and his doctors are still waiting to do an MRI.
Insurance and the doctors are telling us that he needs to be discharged soon and moved back to a rehab facility.
I am wondering if there is something else we should be trying/doing or if it truly is a wait and see.
Additionally, he is on Metformin; should I discontinue until he starts the TMZ again? His blood sugar was low recently. I am wondering if he could and should get a break from it.