Good morning Dawn...Well, I must say what a kind and compasionate person you must be to take care of a neighbor with lung cancer. God Bless you for that.
I was the caregiver for my mother (who lived with us) who was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in Dec., 2006. She recently passed away
(July 18, 2008) after the battle of her life.
I can honestly say that being her caregiver was the hardest job in my life (including having a daughter who had to have two open heart surgeries and many catherizations from birth...and is now 22 years old and graduating from Pitt nursing next month). My mom had many ups and downs during her battle. Every day was a roller coast ride....mentally and emotionally for both of us. After her chemo treatments, she would get very tired and sleep a lot.
At one point she was not even able to get her chemo as scheduled due to a low blood count. She instead had to have a blood tranfusion (that took all day and into the evening). My Mom had other health issues as well including an amputated leg which made things that much more difficult when you are weak from chemo. After a few rounds of chemo, we decided to go with hospice service.....which was a blessing for both of us. It got to the point where she could no longer be left alone. She had to have 24/7 care and then eventually become bedridden the last couple of week of her life.
So what I am trying to say here is that you are taking on an enormous task (although everyone's experience with lung cancer is different) ahead of you.
I could certainly go on and on but don't think that is relavent. My prayers are with you and your neighbor and may God BLess you.
Dawn, if you have any specific questions, or would just like more general information, I would be happy to reply. I needed all the support I could get and sometimes this was the only place I had to go for support. No one really understands a caregivers unless you have walked in their shoes.
Best of luck and keep in touch!