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Thread: Stage IV Lung cancer in an OLD guy

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    Zim,

    I have to be honest, reading that did make me a bit sad but I understand you have to do what is good for you and the family. Hoping it doesn't come to all that.
    Hubby with inoperable brainstem glioma. Dx- 8/30/2016. Finished radiation- 10/28/2016. started temodar 5/20/2017- didn't tolerate it. started avastin 6/24/17. Tumor growth (Glioblastoma) avastin stopped 9/22/2017. Hospice started 9/28/2017. Went to heaven- 3/4/2018

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    HI Leah, et al

    As I said; “ I have a very high pain threshold.” It takes a lot to make me say “Ouch”.
    So, I really don’t think I’ll need the cocktail, but unless you do the up front work it can become to late.
    I’m prepared. If the pain gets to much I’ll op in and thank my lucky stars that I did the prep. Linda understands, and, I think that she wouldn’t like me much if I were stoned to the gills. (She would most likely miss my sense of humor!) She has been a trooper through all of this.

    I may be dying, but I ain’t lying, my life has been wonderful so far! (AND, I’m still here.)

    Much Love to you all!!
    zim

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    O.K., here goes. First, this makes me sad to hear you express this but you are being realistic. I have thought in my head many, many times what it will be like when the end comes. To me, that is realistic thinking but not the thinking you usually share with others, because if you did share those thoughts it would be negativity. I, too, have a high pain threshold but twice doctor's thought it was o.k. to shot me up with alot of pain meds and I halucinated badly and it totally freaked me out so would rather not go the morphine route. What I am trying to say is, I'm 100% behind you for being realistic and thinking ahead to what may or may not be.
    Fond thoughts to you and Linda,
    Linda

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    Hi YA’LL,

    Well I have been out of the loop for a while, but I am back; sense of humor in tact and I'm still love’in life.
    Linda went back to our vacation home in West Virginia just to check on things. She wasn’t about to leave me alone (No telling what I’d buy this time!!) so she convinced my oldest son to come up from LA to “daddy sit” till she got back. He and I had a wonderful time. He is a chef with his own catering company so he was ready to fix all sorts of things to see if he could get me to eat. He did; I did, and it was all good!!

    Linda is back and happy to be home. She has already been in the garden, dirty knees and all. I will admit that I missed her a LOT. So did Bella (her little dog.)

    I’m sinking slowly, but I really don’t mind as long as it stays “slowly”! We see the doctor later this month to see about all the nausea I been having. If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. Getting old, or older, I am.

    With great Regard to you all,
    zim

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    Zim

    Good report! What did your son make that you liked best? He make anything exotic?

    mike
    At the time - 46 yo male, non-smoker
    Sept 2012 - DX - One tumor NSCLC Squamous Cell Right Upper Lung
    Oct 2012 - TX - Treatment similar to Pancoast Tumor - Pre-operation radiation and chemo (5.5 weeks of IGRT and 3 cycles of Cisplatin and Etoposide)
    Dec 2012 - Surgery - Remove RUL, Surgical Pathology Report Adenocarcinoma T2N0M0
    Now - Wait, watch, & pray

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    Hi Mike et al,

    Trev recognized that PO’s diet, (IE, what goes down and stays down) was the way to go. So we did not do exotic at all. It seems that the only way for me to eat red meat is in ground form, so we did a fancy meat loaf and taco’s. ‘Worked well and I gained some weight. Southern style (solid, not creamy) Mac & Cheese made my day ‘cause he copied my mothers to a ‘T’. I did chicken pretty good in both the ‘egg’ form and fat fryers. All toll, We had a really good time.

    I talked him into renting a mountain bike while he was here, so he could get some riding in. Two fold motive: Got him out of the house and he did not have to hover. He hit some tails here just to keep his legs in shape. By the way, he still can’t believe the size of the Paine field Boeing building.

    Take care of you self and hug your girls often!!!
    zim

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    Zim,
    So good to hear from you and know how special it is to spend time with our grownup "kids". I will also include grownup grandkids in my case too. Because of my "eye issue", I too have everyone hovering over me.
    Thinking of you and Linda,
    Linda

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    Good to hear from you as always Zim and sounds like you had a very enjoyable time with your boy. All those meals sound yummy and glad you enjoyed them.

    Keep on keeping Zim and loving thoughts to you and Linda.

    Lisa

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    G’day mates and lurkers alike….

    Well, Linda and I were off to see the Doc about my continued shortness of breath and the problem I’ve had with nausea. This new oncologists that I’ve been seeing knows a lot about a lot of things and hit the nausea thing spot on. I’ve been eating much better now, and feel better as well, as I’m now holding a lot more down.

    The shortness of breath “is what it is” and isn’t likely to get better. I’ll just have to deal with it. ‘Old huffer and puffer’ is my new nick name. I have become better at controlling my heart rate though and I don’t see the heavy racing that plagued me for a while. See, us old guys can learn new tricks!!

    Now you guys know that I know what’s coming, so you’ll be surprised that I made an appointment for the middle of September! Now that’s confidence!! (I plan on making it there!)

    Ya’ll take care, AND take care of your caregivers!
    zim

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    Always keeping you in my thoughts Zim and good to hear you have gotten a handle on the nausua and living each day to its its fullest.

 

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