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  1. Thread: He quit talking

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    Being a caretaker brings along a heavy load of...

    Being a caretaker brings along a heavy load of its own. I try to keep that in mind, even now (my husband died about 6 months ago), that I never have claimed to be perfect, and I certainly did my best...
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    Hello, you are in the early "waiting game" of...

    Hello, you are in the early "waiting game" of learning, I know that is a difficult time.

    My suggestion to you would be to get a second opinion on the pathology. That would be to have the original...
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    I too concur with Jim. It is sometimes a...

    I too concur with Jim. It is sometimes a difficult thing to face, but for many ptients, at some point in their disease progression, the best and most loving thing that can be done is to focus on...
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    The fact is that we here on this forum cannot...

    The fact is that we here on this forum cannot give information that would be 100% "sure" as applicable to your Mom's treatment. Why not just ask the treatment center if they'd have a problem with...
  5. Thread: Just in SHOCK!!

    by Spouse
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    Dar, I am a couple of months ahead of you, and I...

    Dar, I am a couple of months ahead of you, and I want to encourage you to be kind to yourself by forming your own timeline in how you approach the changes ahead. I am so sorry for your loss.
  6. And don't overlook the need to get treatment for...

    And don't overlook the need to get treatment for your extreme anxiety, if that is not something you are already doing.
    Best of luck.
  7. Grade1teacher, thanks for your response, I think...

    Grade1teacher, thanks for your response, I think we agree on the primary point that having Hospice services information ahead of an imminent need can be very helpful when things start to head that...
  8. Some oncologists would not stop doing chemo if...

    Some oncologists would not stop doing chemo if there was still one more "to try", no matter how debilitation the chemo was to the patient. That is not always a good thing. Sometimes the situation...
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    I am glad that you were able to get reassuring...

    I am glad that you were able to get reassuring words from Hospice, and that you are now able to relax a bit. :)
  10. Hi. Brain mets can lead to confusion, irritation,...

    Hi. Brain mets can lead to confusion, irritation, weakness, and other assorted problems. Sometimes the caretaker is not even sure there is "really" something different going on, it is just a feeling...
  11. I am sorry your Mother is in this situation, my...

    I am sorry your Mother is in this situation, my heart goes out to your family.

    First thought to me would be that perhaps her meds are contributory to her memory loss and mood swings. The...
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    I do not think it is a matter of being refused...

    I do not think it is a matter of being refused treatment due to him having "no symptoms". It is most likely a matter of quality of life. Is there a treatment that statistically offers not only an...
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    Thank you Barry for those words. I have moments...

    Thank you Barry for those words. I have moments of complete sadness with my husband's recent death, and your words of wisdom that were directed towards an adult child towards their mother also apply...
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    Hi Kate, don't worry, that kit (or a similar one)...

    Hi Kate, don't worry, that kit (or a similar one) seems standard issue from Hospice. It is a sort of "emergency kit" with meds to have on hand in case a situation occurs that could be taken care of...
  15. If you are on a sinking ship, why wait for the...

    If you are on a sinking ship, why wait for the water to be above your head before you jump off? If you've already determined that you cannot work effectively with Doctor A, and you have options of...
  16. Having open communication with your doctor(s) is...

    Having open communication with your doctor(s) is imperative to obtaining the best possible medical care. If doctor hung up on me, I'd find a new doctor.

    Best of luck.
  17. Thread: Just in SHOCK!!

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    My husband, too, became more and more home bound,...

    My husband, too, became more and more home bound, preferring the security of his medical supplies and equipment at home. As you said, about the only thing to be done is to take it one day at a time....
  18. Kermica, that link doesn't work (for me). Here's...

    Kermica, that link doesn't work (for me). Here's a summary (excerpts) from the US Dept of Health & Human Services on new rules:

    Lifetime & Annual Limits

    The Affordable Care Act prohibits...
  19. Contact Al-Anon...

    Contact Al-Anon: "Strength and hope for friends and family of problem drinkers".
  20. Hello. Sorry to hear about your husband's...

    Hello. Sorry to hear about your husband's difficult health challenge. Suggestions:
    *One thing he might want to do is to get a second opinion. I'm not sure about the pathology for throat cancer, but...
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    edd567, Sorry to hear of the sad news of your...

    edd567, Sorry to hear of the sad news of your beloved Mother. I am glad that the days are now going a bit gentler for you. Best of wishes to you.
  22. Thread: Just in SHOCK!!

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    Dar, my continued thoughts are with you....

    Dar, my continued thoughts are with you. Regarding the oxygen level, my husband was on oxygen, and his stayed at a good level with that help. Without it, he was in distress. I'm sorry, I've lost...
  23. Thread: Just in SHOCK!!

    by Spouse
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    Hello Dar. I am sorry to hear of the sad...

    Hello Dar. I am sorry to hear of the sad progression of your husband's condition. Do not feel guilty for wanting the pain to be over, it is a very difficult thing to watch a loved one in pain,...
  24. SDK, I send my deep condolences. My own husband...

    SDK, I send my deep condolences. My own husband just recently died, and I know how deeply shocking even if expected the finality can be. I hope for you peaceful thoughts, gentle dreams, and the...
  25. Thread: Sad news

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    Thanks Sheila.

    Thanks Sheila.
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