Jan 26, 2012 - 11:45 pm
My husband had to go for his CDL medical card yesterday. They gave it to him for six months and told him they would keep a close eye on his situation. The doctor even called his boss and talked to him about how he will need to be vigilant and if he doesn't feel he should be driving truck to pull his route.
As most of you know I don't feel my husband's oncologist has been very forthcoming with information to us. My husband learned a lot in the short time it took to complete this physical. This doctor used to be a respiratory therapist and told him straight up about why he is coughing, why he thinks it's getting worse, and that he thinks the cancer may be more advanced than he has been told - which it is because my husband told him it was stage 3B but he has been moved to stage 4 - he lied because he wants to keep his job. But like I told him any "doctor" worth his weight will be able to see beyond what he is verbally telling him.
When he got back to work his boss came out and ate lunch with him and told him that he really likes him, he's a good worker, and he will keep him on the job as long as he safely can. When he can't drive anymore they will work him in the yard loading the trucks instead of driving them. He told him he understands what it's like to go through cancer treatments because he was just treated for prostrate cancer last year, he gets that he wants to be productive and contribute as much as he can. Basically underming all the work I have done trying to convince him to go on disability and stay home where he can spend time with his kids and grandkids making memories. Grrr But I "get" it too so work he will. But they did agree when he doesn't feel like he can drive he will be honest and say so and go from there.
His boss truly is awesome and we both appreciate all that he has done and is willing to do. We'll see what six months brings in the advancement of his treatments or cancer and go from there. I just want him to be happy.
His voice is changing - getting kind of raspy. He is having pain in his sternum and has started taking pain pills to help it settle. His cough was getting so terrible but I think he has found a solution that helps ... at least for now. He has been using his nebulizer treatments and mucinex DM during the day and the pain pills and sleeping pills at night. We are both getting more sleep this past week and hope it continues! The next chemo in this series is tomorrow. We'll see what next week brings ... at least for now all is good. We are both thankful for this small reprieve as we know eventually it will get worse.