Aug 17, 2006 - 7:44 pm
My stepdad was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with non-hodgkin's lymphoma. He was admitted to the hospital today for extensive treatments and more tests because he is in stage 4 and they also suspect leukemia (they'll know more tomorrow).
At this point, though, I am mostly worried about my mom. She seems to be barely keeping it together right now with the increasingly bad news and the stress of caring for my stepdad. She's becoming more and more despondent and withdrawn.
What can I do to support my mom during this time? I was thinking of going to clean her house this weekend while she's spending the whole week at the hospital. I live 2 hours from them, and she mentioned a few times how she really needs to go home and get the house in order before he gets released next Wednesday. Will it just be more stressful for her that I'm there (she'll be spending most of the time at the hospital anyway), or do you think this would be a welcomed thing?
Is there anything else I can do to help her out, lift her spirits, de-stress her, etc? I want some concrete things I can do to help relieve her stress right now because she's not one to respond well to positive wishes and rah-rah speeches. Any help is greatly appreciated.