Bad news. Lakshmi's stomatitis symptoms are progressing even while her cancer is fully under control. Despite taking Alpha Interferon, an antibiotic, and a steroid combo, her gums are increasingly inflamed and bleeding. She is also taking Leukeran for her cancer. She is not eating despite trying baby food and various meat and fish combos using a food processor. She is receiving fluids every other day which make her feel better, as well as a morphine derivative for intense pain, and ciproheptidine to increase her appetite.
Her oncologist, John Chretine, now recommends surgically installing a feeding tube through her abdomenal wall, so that nothing has to pass through her mouth: food, medications, water, giving her mouth a chance to rest.
Then we can try all kinds of medications that she can not now tolerate through her mouth.
Given her state of health and of near starvation, and a mild heart murmur, there is some added risk.
This is Lakshmi's only hope. Without the surgery, she'll die in a few weeks of starvation.
Dustin, who had an identical cancer and also stomatitis, also had a feeding tube installed 5 years ago. In six months he went from 5.5 pounds to 11 pounds, and Chretin said he was getting too fat. Dustin loved the tube. Four times a day I'd bring the feeding syringe to the huge cage he was in, and give him breakfast, lunch or supper. He would see me coming and turn his left side to me, for easy access to the tube, and he'd purr and purr. No more pain for him. He lived almost three years on his own after the tube was removed.
If you are inclined to help, the surgery and immediate subsequent medications will cost a bit over $1,000. You can donate towards covering her surgery and care by using the Paypal donation button on the right, or go to wearesentience.com, and use the buttons there. Thank you.