jnikiel Posted September 21, 2005 Share Posted September 21, 2005 Hi all - so glad I found this board. I've been looking for days and finally hit it! - Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer in July. - Left pneumonectomy Aug 24, 2005. - Surgeon felt he got all the cancerous growth, though a few suspicious lymph nodes. - Retained fluid, gained 10-20 pounds, so went into hospital again for cathertization, and put on Flowmax. - Catheter removed, back home. Up and down days where he catnaps a lot, but then stays up most of the day...walking, using spirometer. - Appetite was up and down early, but then has been mostly down for a couple weeks now. That's probably the worst immediate problem. No appetite, so doesn't eat much. Doesn't eat much, so very little energy. Very little energy, doesn't feel like eating or exercising. Gotta get him back on track! He is 81, very active before the surgery, walking 18 holes of golf at least twice a week. Now he walks to the bathroom and back and is very winded. Can't do steps yet. There are 5 of us grown kids taking shifts helping out him & my mom, who has relatively minor health problems as well - primarily arthritis, so can walk fine, but can't reach things with her impinged shoulders. Dad was doing most of the care-giving until this came on him. Would love any advice you all have to give, especially about appetite. I saw several posts related to acid reflux - I'll talk to him to see if his appetite symptoms align with that. Thanks very much! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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