We got a panicked phone call from my FIL on Thursday night that MIL could not get comfortable & was in so much pain she was asking to go to the hospital. Considering this woman has the highest pain tolerance of anyone I've ever met (thought the top head of her humerus being totally destroyed by cancer was just arthritis) we were concerned & told FIL they should definitely go get her checked out. She did have some pain in that area when she came a few months ago in yet another attempt to marry off my SIL but that was chalked up to a 20 hour plane ride & sleeping on a crappy air mattress.
Of course, the news is not good. Friday morning we got word that the cancer has spread up her spinal column to L3; they are doing more tests on her to see if there are other areas in addition to the original humeral head & hip where it was 1st discovered almost 2 years ago. Right now she is in the hospital undergoing intense radiation for 10 days then they will take another scan & see if that did anything. FIL will be e-mailing her scans, blood work & whatever else they do for me to look over as soon as he can get his hands on them. While I'm not a doctor, I do medical (psych) research & know how to read labs & if my opinion will help put their minds @ ease, so be it.
To say Vid is freaking out would be the understatement of the year. I'm sure he'd love nothing more than to be on a plane to India right now but I told him we need to be smart about this & make plans once we have more info. If it's (God forbid) time to talk hospice care, then we leave right away. If they manage to stabilize her, then we go in August as my sister is getting married @ the end of this month & I'd feel so guilty not being there for that. Regardless, there will be a trip to India in our near future & yet again it's because of the "c-word". I mean, what the eff, universe? I've started looking @ airfares & we'll both be talking to our employers on Tuesday about what's going on since tomorrow is the holiday.