Jun 04, 2008 - 5:06 pm
Hi my husband was diagnosed this past January with Stage IV Lung Cancer that has also spread to his lower spine. He has competed 14 rounds of radiation and 6 Chemo treatments. The latest CT and MRI showed that both masses have reduced significantly!! We feel so blessed. We were initially told that he would have only three rounds of Chemo, but he responded so well, that 2 more where added. Then the reports came back so well an additional three more treatments again added. Round six become more trouble some Chills, evaluated low-grade fever, low platelet counts and dehydration w/ an overnight admittance to the hospital canceled his treatment that was scheduled for this week. In the meantime his last labs have improved. Neuropathy is a big problem. His hands and legs are very weak. He is now receiving home care for physical and occupational therapy. This was the BEST IDEA I ever had what an improvement!
Here is my problem. It seems every time we get a good report, my husband seem so down. I dont know how to convince him that we need to take one day at a time and relish the good news. The only time he will leave the house is for a Doctors appointment. He uses the excuse that he does not want to go up and down the stairs for the fear of falling. We have handrails on the stairs. He does have a four-wheel walker and does use in the house. Since he is 6'4 208lbs. the walker is to heavy for me to lift up and down the stairs :o( once we get to an appointment, I get a wheelchair for him.
The physical therapist said stairs can be very scary and not to rush him that his ability to use the stairs will come soon enough, but in the meantime, how can I cheer him up? Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance