Saturday, November 02, 2019
Being a caregiver for someone with cancer is not for the weak!
In the last 3 months I have seen my partner through 3 surgeries, pneumonia, 3 blood transfusions, a hospital acquired infection that required 7 weeks of antibiotics that included a dose at 3 AM every day, 30 rounds of radiation, and driving over 5,000 miles to appointments
I won't even go into the nightmare of treatment side effects or what we can expect over the next few weeks as symptoms continue to get worse.
In the last 3 months, I have only gained back 8 pounds. I think I did great during a stressful time when I really did not have the energy to take care of myself.
No matter what I planned care taking got in the way. If I made a plan to do something for myself, I invariably ended up having to make an emergency trip to a doctor or having something more pressing to do.
Now the active treatment is over. I still have so much to do, but I am hopeful that I can get back on my schedule and can resume taking care of myself.
According to the doctors, if we are lucky, we can expect to be back to "normal" in 6 months or so.