Saturday, October 5, 2013

Our Family Situation

Ralph and me in Nov. 2011

As some of you know, our family has been dealing with my 87 yr. old husband's health problems.
He had renal failure in June due to an enlarged prostate.  The lousy nemesis of many older men.
He had 2 options:  Prostate removal or live with a catheter the rest of his life.  He preferred the
surgery even if it risked his life.
On 9/9/13 he had the TURP (Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate) and came through the surgery
fine despite numerous health issues.  The catheter was removed a week later and Hallelujah.  All was
working as nature intended.
Of course, at his age prostate cancer was suspected for several years, but it is generally slow growing
and no treatment is the usual course of action.  He did have prostate cancer as the specimen showed from surgery.
Two days after surgery, he started complaining of back pain.  I figured it was probably from operating
room table maneuvering.  The pain persisted and when seen for it, he was sent for a bone scan.
So much for slow growing prostate cancer.  It has spread into his bones.  I hate cancer.
His condition has slowly deteriorated since June and I wasn't even sure he was strong enough to undergo
the prostate surgery.  Unfortunately, now we know why the downward spiral.
We are lined up for 3 Oncology doctor visits this week and all that entails to deal with.  Already we are
doing our best to keep him safe, comfortable, and nourished at home.
Our son lives with us,  he covers the night shift and I do the day shift.
So, there may be lapses of time when I don't get to add more posts on here.
Thank you for any prayers.

I hope you and your families are well.  Donna

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