is anyone out there? need some advice on the chest tube on my dads back.photo on my page.turtle68
I tried looking at your web page but for some reason I couldn't get it to come up. You can try e-mailing me and I can see if I can get to it that way. Anyway, I am sorry that you are going through this. I am a Stage IV colon cancer survivor. I had two metastatic spots to my lung that I had to have removed. I had a chest tube too and it was so uncomfortable, but after all the fluid was out of my lung they removed it. There was another woman in the room next to me who had the same exact surgery (thoracotomy) and she had to stay in the hospital longer than I did because she couldn't get her chest tube out yet. I don't know what your specific question is about the tube, but it just can take longer for some people than others to get it out. Are they managing his pain adequately?
I am sure that once your father gets released from the hospital you will be closer than ever. One of the blessings of going through a cancer diagnosis is that it really makes you realize what's important and what isn't. I'm glad you posted on the lung cancer forum too. Sometimes Sundays are really slow on here, so I bet you'll get more advice tomorrow.
I'm new to CSN and helping take care of my sister who has stage II esophagus cancer, she is 64. Our brother died two years ago of the same cancer at 49. My sister has had two rounds of chemo already, two more to go, and has done 17 treatments of 44 radiation treatments. It appears to be shrinking the tumor. I'm just trying to connect with people who are dealing with cancer. Thank you for listening. Carole
I hope you see this post! Have you tried posting on the esophageal cancer forum? For some reason it seems like the specific cancer forums always get better response than this one, or the "Young Cancer Survivors" forum. Too bad because it would be nice to get these to become more popular. Anyway, hopefully someone on there can help more than I can. Sounds like this runs in your family. I hope your sister is faring well.
My only recommendation would be to try to eat a very healthy diet, exercise, get the negativity out of your life as best as you can in order to try to prevent and/or decrease your chances of coming down with cancer. I was the patient, not the caregiver, but I know it is really hard for you guys too!
Take care and best wishes,
Crud, I just realized there is not esophageal cancer thread. Hmmm, Maybe write CSN admin. Otherwise try posting in the stomach cancer forum? I'll keep checking this thread periodically.
Thanks Susan for your reply and well wishes. I will try the stomach cancer forum. My sister is doing OK after 3 rounds of chemo...one more to go. She is weak but it improves the week after treatment. Hope all is going well with you:) Carole
I hope things are going better with your Dad.
Hi its turtle68 thanks to all who responded to my cry! Our fight is now over i lost my dad to this horrible monster named CANCER..It may have won the battle,but my dad has won the war..He is now forever healed no more sickness nor pain;no more CANCER!!he is now in the sheltering arms of JESUS. If there is anything i can say to anyone out there it would be..dont take one minute for granted love them ,hold them,and say everything that is on your heart.Most of all pray,pray for GOD knows what we need and is willing and able to supply! My prayers are with you all in the battle of cancer be strong and keep the faith!caregivers..pray and be pateint and loving and sometimes we have to be forgiving [you know what im talking about the little grumpy moods]thats ok we would be too if we were in their shoes right?!! take care of each other and God Bless!!!
Your dad has a glorified body,there are holes in the floors of heaven and he is looking down on u. Amen
hello i am so sorry that your father is no longer with you.i can feel you pain i lost my mom to brain cancer 0n 9/2/08 and i thought my life was over but i had god on my side and he knows whats best ..your dad is in a better place now you have to take care of you..may god be with u and bless you and im here for you