double amputee, alzheimers, 8-9 pain level every day from legs... high blood pressure. so frail... should he start this course of treatment? 77 years old.
You know, there comes a time where we have to decide if enough is enough. The pain and his loss of his identity must be a terrible blow to you and the family. What are you wishing to achieve at this point?
Had to go through something similar with my mom. We talked with hospice and were able to clear up our fears and hers. We then were able to decide if a couple more months was worth it. This is a private decision. Our beliefs and religions hold this differently. Talk with your religious leader, hospice, and listen carefully to the doctors. The answer to use this med will be clearer and you will know the right decision.
I am not advocating giving up. I am advocating for your dad whose peace and well being I have compassion for. This Is a tough time. But by all means get him some major pain meds. Nobody worries about addiction for people in his situation so let them use whatever they have got. His sufferring must be intense. With your help now, You will be glad you did later.
Good luck and hang in there. I do hope that you or someone has his health directive so you can make decisions for his treatment.
Dear Anonymous. You failed to metion what the amputation were from, a war, or diabetes? Also I do agree with the others, but ask you Father what his wishes are first of all. I am giving you a link to this drug, & read it & print it out so you can read the high lights to him. I believe HBP was mentioned as was heart disease. If the doctor is trying to give him back quality of life I would say so be it, but if it is just quanity & still in so much pain, well there you go. Does he have a living Will? Have you discussed this thoroughly with him yet. These are the right things to do in this case I believe. He may even at this point want to just give up, but ask the doctor if this treatment is really going to give him quality of life. I will post the link below. Print it out so you can discuss it with your Father & his doc & feel like you know what you are talking about.
I wish you all of the best, & of course your Father too...
- Gleevec Information for Consumers
- Gleevec Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gleevec (detailed)
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