Jul 01, 2013 - 11:35 am
Just wanted to thank everyone again for all your advice and support (from me and my family). The past few weeks have been rough, but we are trying to hang in there as best as we can! As of today, dad has 16 (out of 35) rads left and 1 chemo here in a few weeks to complete. Oddly enough he was feeling a little better this week.
Things that have changed: He has lost about 16 lbs or so, still not wanting to eat due to lack of taste. He's a little more tired than usual (sleeps in a little longer, usually an early bird!). His hair is beginning to thin- but that will come back! I just don't want to see the legendary stache go ;). He doesn't complain much, but I know his throat is bothersome (sore and painful), and the radiated area is looking like a real good sunburn about now.
Things that are still positive: Dad is drinking fluids and typically wants to drink sweet tea or water. Those are tolerable, although he has added ensure to his coffee when he drinks it. His energy level remains ok, he is still trying to do somethign every day to stay active. Just Saturday he was on a ladder trimming paint as I was rolling out the walls at the new place w/ my mom and my Aunt. He seems like he is genuinely trying to take care of himself (teeth, etc)- except eating much!
We still gotta work on this eating thing. I called him 3 times yesterday to ask if he ate and he only ate 1/2 can of cream of chicken soup mixed into a smoothie type thing with milk and ensure. I'm keeping on him about that, told him if I have to I'll call off work and follow him around with ensure. I try to stress the importance of at least getting that down, but I do know it is uncomfortable. HE is really handling this whole thing like a champ considering the obvious and I hope he continues to stay postive. We are almost there dad! I know it seems like forever, but it has gone fast. I pray these next 4 weeks go fast!
Praying for all of you who are going through it or have gone through it. As well as your families. Stay strong! Thanks so much for everyone answering all my questions and encouraging me to stay postiive.