From Derrick's son Tyler:
My father passed away Friday evening (08 May 2015) following an extremely rapid progression of metastatic disease. Family, friends and medical staff were shocked by how quickly the cancer progressed, but doctors confirmed that it had survived from a bout of bladder cancer he had been treated for several years ago. He faced his own mortality with humility and a sense of humour, as he believed that he had a great 67 years and decidedly not looking forward to reaching 80. He died in hospital with his comfort kept as highest priority by the palliative care team at the Civic hospital, so his discomfort and suffering was kept to a minimum. Patricia and I were with him until and during his final breaths, so we think he knew he was not dying alone.Tyler
All the best,
All the best,
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VP & I visited with Derrick for about an hour yesterday at the Civic Campus (Room B562) of the Ottawa Hospital. Derrick has been there for about a week so that the doctors can find & treat the source of debilitating back pain that forced him to return from Florida on somewhat of an emergency basis. He is on some heavy duty painkillers to ease the pain.
So far it seems he has two distinct medical issues with which to deal. He has extreme diverticulitis (inflammation of the digestive system) and is being treat for this with antibiotics. Further CT/MRI scans have indicated the presence of several (3?) cancer hot spots in the spinal region. None of this is good and Derrick’s frustration is exacerbated by the fact that the medical experts can’t agree on which (or is it both) of these conditions is causing all the pain. The oncology (cancer) experts say it is the diverticulitis and that they will look at the cancer problem in 4-6 weeks after the pain issue is resolved. The doctors treating the diverticulitis don’t agree. Apparently there is to be an “all hands/experts” meeting today (23 April) to determine next steps and develop a treatment plan.
Derrick welcomes visitors so I’m going to pass this info to Wil Bush so he can put it on the Class website. Hopefully other classmates in the Ottawa area can take a few minutes and drop in (his Tim Horton’s favourite is a Medium, double/double). There is a possibility he could be moved to another site (or go home) for ongoing treatment so I suggest anyone planning a visit call the Civic first to confirm his location.
Thoughts & prayers for Derrick.