I read your post on the HealthBoards.com and can certainly relate... I too have stage 4
lung cancer. I just had an MRI on Wednesday and will find out more next Tuesday.
But the one thing that struck my about your post was that your husband is soooo thinnnnn
and weak.... Well, I might be able to shed some light on how to gain weight....and
hopefully energy along with it. At least it works for me. I have gained some 15-20
pounds in the last 45-60 days. I have about 4 or 5 fruit smoothies daily. In the smoothie
is some "secret" ingredient that I will share with you. It is (now I hope this is not
considered an advertisement in any way) Naturade Weight Gain. It is a powder that has little or no
taste in the smoothie. The smoothie when made, is about 15-16 oz and consist of
various fruit, some frozen (helps with the consistency) some not frozen. As for some
liquid, it has some plain organic yogurt, some soy milk and some honey. I like mine nice and thick like a
thick shake, but you may like it thinner. You can experiment with various fruit using
frozen bananas, blue berries, peaches, whatever you like best.
As far as all things you hear about statistics and time left, ignore them. I do...and
therefore set my own agenda. NO BODY knows when, how, etc. that some one will pass.
So why give it any credibility. When your husband says something like he isn't sure
whether he will be around when the house is sold or not...just say something like, "Well, I
don't know either, and by the way, nobody else does either, but if you aren't, you won't
have to help with the move, but if you are, well then I am gonna work your a????? off!
Then kind of chuckle about it. Humor is our best medicine, and I try exercising mine at
lease daily! If this is to difficult for you to handle this way, find a way that works for you
and your husband.
Mary, with regard to the "pain". I have not been without pain for almost 2 yrs now, but if
he can find a good pain management Dr. his pain will not be an issue. There are lots of
ways to handle the pain, from pills to patches to epidural pumps. So just find that pain
specialist and have it taken care of for a better quality of life.
One more thing Mary, is the appetite. Mine was near non-existant in the hospital, but I
got a progressive Dr. that prescribed merinol. I had already tried Megase and it did not
work alone, but with the merinol, (the same chemical ingredient that is in pot), I can eat
and am actually hungry at times. As I recall, the Megase is a script an isn't to expensive,
but the merinol is a bit more. I don't know exactly because my portion was a co-pay but it
was $100. So the med itself must have been 2- 3 hundred???? But It worked...so I feel it
was worth it.
Hey Mary, if you have any questions, send me an email or post here.
John......Not ready to go yet either!
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