My grandfather has been in hospital for cancer he has not had chemo and a wound that won't heal. The cancer has not, as far as we know, spread throughout his body. He was doing fine until 2 days ago when he suddenly started sleeping a lot. He's on low dose morphine.
Now he's always sleeping, yet he's fully aware of what's going on… you can see he's constantly trying to wake up... he keeps trying to force his eyes open and he succeeds for a minute or so, then he falls asleep again… he knows exactly who's in the room, and he still makes it a point to thank the nurses… it's just hard for him to talk because he's so tired. His heart, lungs and liver are still OK. His breathing is OK and not laboured. What can we expect from here on? Is this a sign that he'll go downhill very fast?
We're not expecting miracles... but I guess (as we all do) we just want a little more time to have some last memories with and of him.