Topic: Hello to Many Wonderful People
Been reading your posts for a over month now and have found a wealth of information and inspiration. My Dad is 82 ,was diagnosed with CC in Sept 07. As caretaker won't say I experienced all of the pain, hope, courage and heartbreak that so many have endured, but definitely can identify with the roller coaster ride no one wanted a ticket for.
Prior to his CC, "Stan the Man" already had Macular Degeneration, mild Alzh, stroke in Feb 07, plus inoperable heart blockages found in April. He developed jaundice, fatigue, itching, weight loss in late Aug 07 . Doctor's said operating was out due to his heart so he had his bile drained for 3 days then had one metal stent put in. We all agreed to do whatever pallative measures were possible and let God decide the rest.
After the proceedures it was a rough road but he got back. He NEVER talks about his cancer. Be it denial or whatever ,it works for him. When the doctor sat him down for the big "C" discussion in the hospital, he listened patiently then asked if he could eat his dinner promising to pay attention. By statistics he should of been gone long due to heart failure, now with CC, life expectancy is months. He isn't getting any form of treatment., still walks 1/2 to 1 mi a day. No pain yet, and has gained back 1/2 the weight he lost.
Be it dementia or CC my father will hit up the sweets on the sneak. I have found cookie containers strewn about like a troop of rats raided the kitchen. I had to set him down and reinstate how too much sugar makes him ill and dizzy, and with my heart problems I can't be lifting him off the floor or I could be at the Pearly Gates before him. SHORTLY AFTER THE LECTURE STANLEY CAME OUT OF HIS ROOM AND DECLARED LOUDLY, "IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO YOU.......I'D REALLY BE SCREWED."
Sometimes it's not how you look at it, it's how you don't look at it .....that makes all the difference..
I did tell Dad I visit this site, how I get great advice and solved the mystery of sugar craving. Thank you all for sharing your emotions and medical insights. I probably will not be posting often, but I for sure will be reading. He will be 83 Dec 10th, tough old bird. Mean sometimes too, I've learned not to look at that side.
Prayers for All, Kath