Oct 23, 2009 - 9:24 pm
My Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer about six weeks ago. She has been lethargic and had also been losing weight. She was a heavy, heavy smoker. She is on her sixth week of radiation and chemo, starting next week. She has done very well during the procedures, she will has her hair and hasn't been nauseated.
The one problem she has had after the chemo treatments occurred two or three days after chemo, she would get very wiped out. During her treatment, she wasn't smoking much at all.
Now that she is nearing the end of treatment, she is smoking again and will soon be back to the heavy stage. She also has to be told to take her appetite stimulate medicines, anti depressants, etc. To get her to take the medicine, I have to go and give her the meds. If she doesn't take them, rapid weight loss occurs.
I am at the state where I am discovering that I might need to let her do what she wants even though that means she will leave me sooner. It is so hard that I think I will go crazy sometime. I just lost my husband one and one half years ago, so it is a double whammy.
I would like to have other people's opinions about the medicine and her smoking. Has anyone else experienced a sick parent who is very, very difficult?