He was diagnosed with advanced acute pancreatic cancer. The mass is around the blood vessels to his pancreas and the bile ducts from the pancreas to the small intestines. One surgeon said he could operate but he had an 80% chance it would come back before he left the hospital. He's gone from 220 lbs to 153 lbs in 5 months. He doesn't eat much, and doesn't digest much of what he does eat.
I've seen a guy built like me(brick shithouse) turn into a nonmuscular bony fella. He looks frail. He's on some new pill as a last attempt to shrink the tumor. $3000.00 a pill. I don't think it will do much.
I do see him often since my shop is at his house. I can't have one here. So we talk some. I just never was close to pop. Mom did everything with us kids. Dad did scouts. That was it. Mom tought me how to play baseball. I tought myself mechanics. Been changing oil since I was 9.
I am not a real emotional person so sorry if any of this comes off like I don't care much. I do. But I never cried about ol'yeller. Ain't gonna start now. It's just life.
Anyhoo, got out there a lil. Thanks for "listenin"
Mom and pop took money from his IRA(money's a little tight till the disabillityy kicks in) and are going on a train trip to Seattle, down the west cost, then through the rockies. Leave monday after turkey day. He wasn't going to go because he wanted to make sure mom had money after he dies. We both told him to use the IRA since he won't enjoy retirement. If mom needs anything she knows I'm only a few miles up the road.
Oh yeah, what was the cells that we needed to watch? c9 or something?
Thanks Kerry. I'll pass it on to pop. Then he can ask his doc what the #'s are. Maybe help him understand.
I know he missed a chemo appt. because his white cells were too low. Following week they were down a little but they gave it to him anyhow.
That link was just what I was looking for. Nice to have a doc in the house.
And hangin in is all we can do. Life goes on.