Eating a bit more- working the 8 ounces of Ensure (360 calories) into his routine so it's automatic to take. Evening half glass of milkshake is not a struggle since we started giving to him on Tuesday. Mom is weighing him every day- staying same weight so far, but that's better than weight loss. Put cards out for dad to play solitaire since he used to like it. He will play if you start it off for him, but I learned to let him play- as I told him he missed a card and he quit that game. An hour later I dealt cards again and let him be- and he played full game. Hoping he will pick up cards himself and play without being prompted. Keeping music on- once in a while you see him tapping his feet or moving his head to the beat. Little by little so feels he still is in control yet does not get frustrated. For mom- reminding her to give him lunch since they never ate lunch before. She has been reading the paper, she is telling him some main events she is reading. I encouraged her to do that daily.
Dad not complaining of pain, and up more. Expect him to be wiped out at least 4-5 days after chemo.
So, both mom & dad need to get into a new routine to deal with cancer and also try to some things they used to do prior to the diagnosis- like watch their favorite TV programs and make sure they give a good morning and good night kiss.
Prayers for all of us to keep strong
He had his dr. visit and chemo today --- doing as well as can be expected, but no enthusiasm for anything,
gained weight 153 from 148 before, so shakes doing their job -- complains of back pain, but that could
be from the stenosis or arthritis and also the cancer, --- can't have anything hot or cold for 5 days after chemo,
throat could feel like it's closing up, so everything at room temp -- still some anemic but not anything to be
concerned about, and no need for transfusion - hemoglobin 9.2 plat lets no change, again no concern -
Sees dr. and has blood work and chemo May 31. Is tired.
Doing what we can and hope it helps ---
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