Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by fornik8her, Sep 2, 2019.
Just wanted to wish a Happy Day to all of y'all working to make it through another day.
Yay! I made it through another day!! And the day after that!!! Mom's health is spiraling downward, so I'm playing caregiver now. Going day by day...
I feel for you Goofus. My wife was diagnosed with the big "C", cut on and irradiated all of the last half of last year. Playing care giver is eating up almost all of my energy.
What the doc thought was a severe abcess, turned out to be a squamous-cell carcinoma, which can't be cured, since it would require removal of practically half of her jaw and tongue, followed by treatment with radiation and chemo, and at her age, she can't survive either of those. So our options are "do nothing" or "palliative treatment" to reduce the tumor size. We've chosen option two.
So right now, my daily life is crossing the Missississippippi... river every day, to take mom to the oncology radiation center for about 10 days, then cross the river once every three weeks for immunotherapy treatment... which we may or may not be able to get, depending on Merck's generosity (aka, they're checking to see if they can successfully shake us down or not, before agreeing to let us have a drug that costs more than an upscale home, per dose), and changing dressings daily, since Mom's tumor has poked through under her chin, and alternates between draining heavily and bleeding heavily.
Yeah, the lifesaving promise and subsequent coercion of today's modern (made in China ) drugs.
It is indeed, more profitable to treat rather than cure. Thank God for medicare.