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Papa's feeling a bit better!

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His prognosis is still bad, of course, but he's so much better now than he had been for the past few days. Although he handled the chemo well, he did start feeling nauseous the following day, so I got him a prescription for that, and those helped a lot. Also got some Xanax to help ease his anxiety, and it seems to help, too.

But the three things that have helped the most are:

--The new chair. We got him one of those electric lift chairs that rises up very slowly to help bring you to your feet, and lets you lean back into it as it eases down again when you return. It almost completely eliminates the physical strain of getting up and down, which had become almost impossible for Papa, even with our help. I wish we'd gotten the chair long ago.

--Omar. Omar is the physical therapist who visits twice a week to help Papa maintain his mobility... and he's a walking angel. He is so kind, so patient, so gifted in what he does -- and he also has come to truly care for Papa, and they've really become friends. Omar's visits are one of the happiest things in Papa's life, and we are all so grateful to him for that. We've had physical therapists for Papa before, but Omar is one of those rare people who just radiates love. We're so lucky we found him.

--The vision. You may recall that, on the same day Papa learned he has an almost certainly incurable cancer, he also got a call from his closest siser (who has lung cancer) telling him that his closest brother, Bobby, had died. It was such an awful lot to hit him at one time, and he was so terribly sad and withdrawn... we were terrified that he was just going to slip away, too.

But two days later, Papa told me he'd had a vision during the night. He said, "I saw Bobby. He looked the way he looked during World War II. He was tan... he smiled at me... it was just beautiful, and I'm so glad I saw him."

I said, "Papa, that wasn't a vision. That was a visit. Uncle Bobby came to tell you that he's all right, and you will be, too."

Papa nodded. "I think so. I hope so."

post #2 of 11
That's wonderful news, Carol. It's amazing how those visits from those who have passed on can uplift their spirits, isn't it? Continued prayers for your Dad and the family.
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Im glad that papa is doing a little better!! Its always nice to have them see a relative!! When my aunt Margaret was sick with breast cancer she saw her mommy! My family was there and of course couldn't see her mama, but she could, it seemed to be such a big relief to see her too!!

Did they prescribe Zofran for the nasuea?? I took that when I was pregnant, but its for Chemo patients originally, they just discovered it does wonders for morning sickness too! (I lost 40 lbs when pregnant with Jacob)
You put it on your toungue and it disolves instantly, and works like a charm!!

Good luck, and good
post #4 of 11
That's great news Carol! Your dad seeing his brother must have really lifted the pain and grief in his heart. I'm glad that you and your dad have had a wonderful person working with him and some comforts to ease him a bit. Keep us posted please.
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Oh Carol, I'm so glad to hear that he's feeling a bit better. The therapists can really work wonders can't they? We've thought about one of those chairs for my Papa too. I'm glad to hear that it helped him so much! Its good that he got to say goodbye to his brother, he probably really needed that closure.

I'm still praying and thinking about your family. I wish there was more that I could do!
post #6 of 11
I'm so glad to hear that he's doing better. He's certainly been through a lot; hopefully things are on an upswing now.
post #7 of 11
I'm so glad he's doing a bit better - I will keep him & your family in my prayers
post #8 of 11
So happy to hear that your dad is feeling a little better at least
Heres more For your sweet dad
post #9 of 11
That's good to hear he's feeling a bit better to your Papa!...My Dad has lung cancer and he has some very down days...He says it's a mind game
post #10 of 11
Carol, it sounds like you're "up in spirits", too! I am glad your father is feeling better! That's wonderful news!!
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Thinking of you!
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