Jan 03, 2008 - 11:41 pm
Over the past few months my Dads voice changed and he began to have difficulty swallowing and breathing. On a few occasions he was coughing up blood. This finally drove him to see the Dr.
After all the scans and tests required last month my 50 year old Dad was diagnosed with a 5cm x 4cm x 3cm squamous cell carcinoma a joining the base of his tongue. His airway was 80% occluded and he required an emergency tracheostomy and a 10 day hospital stay where he had 7 teeth extracted and a peg feed placement.
It has since been Christmas and New Years and he has had time to heal we physically! Next week he will have a blood test then some chemo followed by radiation.
The hospital lost $2000 of Dads scans which made him really angry at the hospital system. He has had to tracheostomy bleeds, one requiring urgent surgery to locate the bleed. He was left over the holiday season without any real information or assistance or enough products to care for his new appendages.
My Dad is an intelligent man, he is still managing to head off to work for 8 hrs most days, but these past 2 weeks he has been exhausted, I know the worst is probably yet to come. I have asked him to check out this site in hope that he can talk to people about what he is experiencing, gain some new perspectives and have somewhere to spend his time. He has never been into a chat room although he may join this one if he feels it has a purpose.
Regards zepal (Australia)