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Old 07-02-2016, 01:59 AM
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Default Kick in the guts

Well something told be his Dr. free life couldn't last forever. My father hasn't been to a Dr. in over 50 years, I mean he got sick, but never in my 53 years of knowing him has he missed more than three days of work.
Four weeks ago he was home more than working, we figured he got a bug, and at 76, this one is kicking his butt. Well one week let to two weeks, now he's complaining of pain in his side and his backside. (bum)
Well he thinks it's roids, and me, I was like father, the pain your describing doesn't sound like roids to me, maybe you should go in. (Father) for what, it'll go away...
Okay, he hasn't eaten in two weeks, just barely nibble at supper time, sleep anytime, and miss work. HE'S SICK. So finally a week ago last Monday he asked Nancy to take him into the ER. That's a red flag to us.
They run a bunch of tests, come to find a lump on his liver, and that usually means colon cancer. So they checked his colon, sure enough, inoperable colon cancer... When it reaches the liver it's to late.
So the only thing they can do is chemo, to try and shrink the cancer in the colon to relieve some of the pain, and to buy him some time. If he was to do nothing at all, they give him six months, with chemo, and if his body doesn't reject it, and EVERYTHING works perfectly, 18 months max... What a kick in the guts.
They put a portal in his chest Wednesday, that will receive the chemo, because it's so strong that if it was put in the vein it would burn it out. Plus the shit has to be administered over a 46 hour interval because it's so strong. Every two weeks. BUT he's not eaten in two weeks he's lost nearly 30#, he's weak as a kitten, and his pain is terrible, and this is coming from someone with a high pain tolerance.
So the woman came home from work tonight, called his Dr. and they are heading to Green Bay to meet up with his Dr. to try and get his pain under control, and get some fluids in him. So I hope they keep him there over the weekend at least.
Here a man that worked his ass off all his life doing the only thing he knew how to do, now has this crap to deal with, just makes me sick to my stomach.
I'm sure some of you have dealt with similar situations, but man, it feels like my guts are being ripped out seeing the man I looked up to all my life that was so strong, never sick in this condition.
Sorry for dumping on you all, but being here alone right now makes me think to much, just needed to write something.
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Old 07-02-2016, 08:28 AM
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Old 07-02-2016, 08:42 AM
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Old 07-02-2016, 08:45 AM
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Todd, we will keep your father in our prayers buddy.

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Sorry to hear about your dad Todd, we're in a very similar situation here as well. My father in law spent a month and a half in horrible pain before going to the doctor and 2 weeks ago he found out he has cancer in his pancreas, liver and intestines, he didn't want the doctor to tell him how much time he has left but from what I've read it isn't good. All of it is inoperable so he goes next week to have his chemo port put in, hopefully both him and your dad will react positively to the chemo and get some more time to spend with family.
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Old 07-02-2016, 09:29 AM
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Zippy so sorry to hear about your pops condition. Prayers sent.
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Hoping for the best for your father. One good thing is that they can do still do chemotherapy. If it was so far gone they would waste his time. Keep positive man.
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So sorry to hear about your dad, Todd. Everyone is in our thoughts and prayers!
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I know what you mean. That is the worst feeling in the world and the only way to explain is just how you did... feels like somebody is ripping your guts out.

We are all thinking about you and your family.. Prayers will be sent by me daily..

My dad is near 80 and I have to help him do things that he taught me how to do.. it is so hard to see someone that dedicated their whole life to you and someone that you admire and look up to go the other way... and nothing you can do about it...

We are all family here and all behind you and your dad!!


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