On December 9, 2020 Doug Oien went into the hospital with a slight stroke. Doug notified Janice that he couldn't control his hand. His fingers and speech were off, and Janice took him to Banner Thunderbird Hospital in Glendale, Arizona. He was given an MRI and CAT scan which are normal protocol after a stroke. Blood work and his sore foot triggered more testing and the doctors found stage four cancer in his esophagus, stomach, and liver. Through all of this testing he was unable to eat consistently and weighed 200 lbs. when he went into the hospital and now weighs 170 (and losing weight daily still.) The pain in his foot turned out to be clots in his arteries in his left foot which caused gangrene in his toes and his foot is completely black.
He came home from the Banner Thunderbird in Glendale on December 20, 2020 planning to start chemo for the cancers that were found.
Janice had to take him back the following Saturday December 26, 5:30 pm because he was put on a serious blood thinner called coumadin and was having severe bleeding and that needed to be resolved.
January 2, 2021 at 1:30 am he fell in the night trying to get up to go to the bathroom and and broke his hip. Janice had to call the fire department to take him back to the hospital. He was confirmed with a fractured hip.
Doug did not want to stay in the hospital because of covid and all of the regulations. He was not able to see anyone, no visitors, no facetime, and only able to speak to immediate family members on the phone in his room. His cell phone charger was unable to be found and was only able to use the hospital phone preventing him from connecting with so many others.
He was told that he would have to stay several weeks if he was to get the hip surgery which was a rod and screw solution. He was going to be put on a ventilator to do the surgery under anesthesia and he was worried he wouldn't be able to come off of it. It would then be followed with rehab for 1 month and not be able to see anyone for 6 weeks or more.
Doug called Janice and Katie often to try to take him home (even if it was a wheel barrel- we are glad that he still has his humor). The plan was to have surgery on Jan. 4 to repair his hip.
The family had a meeting of the minds on Saturday Jan. 2, 2021 through a combination of facetime and cell phones with the doctors at the Banner Boswell Hospital in Sun City, Arizona with Janice, Katie, Denise, Diane, Dave, and Sarah. Sarah Oien-Page (his niece) is a nurse with an oncology clinic in Minnesota and was able to speak to the doctor on Doug’s behalf. She was able to facilitate conversations with the doctor and her Uncle and explain from medical terminology into language that was easy to understand for Doug and his family.
Doug made the decision to come home and start hospice care on Monday January 4, 2021. The perspective of terminal cancer gave him a realization of how he would like to spend his last days. His cancer was able to be managed but not cured. He didn't want to be away from family and wanted the care that hospice can provide for a comfortable home stay.
He didn't get home until it was dark. Hospice was set up his guest room. He has a hospital bed, nurses, doctors, and CNA’s taking care of him (and of course the best nurse, Janice).
Janice and Doug do not wish to have any visitors due to the covid-19 situation. Please do not just show up. If you would like, he would love to receive your cards, pictures, notes, jokes, memories, and love through snail mail. Thank you for respecting their wishes.
Doug is set up on Medicare but has no secondary insurance. There unfortunately is no life insurance. He does not qualify for Medicaid.
Medicare does not pay for home health care in Arizona like the Certified Nurse Assistance and must be paid out of pocket. Some of the medicine is not covered and one prescription that picked up last week was over $500. The family is very concerned of the impending expenses that are continuously accruing. We do not want Doug and Janice to have to worry through all of this grief.
If you would like to donate to the family to help with medical expenses we are so grateful. Thank you for your consideration and generous gifts, they are appreciated beyond words.
The Family of Doug Oien
- Jeannie Grates
- Jose Castellanos
- Susan Dafnis
Organizer and beneficiary
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