And Dith, you’re right. I shall be emailing tomorrow. You too, Jennyanydots.
Thank you, everyone, for all your support.
In many ways the news today has changed nothing. For me, I knew already about the situation and am, in some ways, relieved not to be holding this secret any longer. But it’s hard knowing that Dad knows and having nothing I can say that will make things easier.
He’s no iller than he was this morning, except that he is. As you might expect, he has declined tonight as the bolster of denial has been siezed away from him. He is very confused and vulnerable.
Thank you, Dith, for the words of the “long-distance-daughter” which was the catylist I needed to swallow my pride and phone my sister and ask her to come. It will be easier to cope with some moral support at hand, even just for the weekend, and it will get me through tomorrow’s appointment which is something I could do without having to be bothered with right now as I simply haven’t the energy to think about it.
Meanwhile I am getting an early night tonight 😀
The news was as expected. The prostate cancer is growing rapidly and no longer responding to treatment. The bleeding from his bladder means that he cannot take aspirin any more which means that the only other medication to halt the prostate cancer cannot be given because of the inherrant risks if not taken with aspirin. Result – there is no longer any valid treatment to arrest or delay the cancer apart from the interesting approach of stopping his cancer medication altoghether which apparently has a slight chance of jolting his system into doing something for itself.
The weakness and sleepiness could be due to the growth of the cancer. At least that is giving Dad an explanation for it.
Please pray for comfort for Dad tonight as he faces coming to terms with this news. And for the rest of the family too as we face this not-unexpected news with the utmost of mixed emotions and a sense of helplessness.