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the depression, fatigue and weight loss are a big issue for many people. Your friend and his caregivers may need to try many of the things suggested here before finding what will work for him.

My dad couldn't eat regular meals or look at a lot of food on a large plate either...IF he ever felt any signs of hunger, by the time we had his food prepared, any appetite he thought he may have had was long gone.

He also suffered greatly from nausea.

So we finally decided that grazing on little bits of food throughout the day was what he benefited from best since his appetite and tastes changed so rapidly.

He spent a lot of time on the sofa during chemotheraphy and radiation. We'd fill the coffee table up like a buffet of little bite sized foods, mini muffins, snack-size ziplock bags with candies or nuts or fresh fruits in them.

He'd pick little bites of this or that, no pressure to eat a full meal, and at the end of the day the grazing helped him get thru the worst of that.

We added some shakes and ice cream in the mix too when he could tolerate it just for the calories.

Several tries of different anti-nausea meds helped him a little and the drug MEGACE helped him to put back on 10 pounds.

The low blood counts can definitely affect energy level and your friends outlook on things. My dad also had difficultly with blood counts. Booster injections before chemotherapy helped in teh beginning, but finally it was the blood transfusions that really made the difference.

I hope some of that helps.

You are incredible to be there for your friend.

Remember that we are also here for you.

Take some time, if you haven't already, to visit our Caregiver Resource Center. http://events.lungevity.org/cg/index.html

It's located on this website in it's own tab. There are so many resources that can help at a time like this,

Please keep us posted,

Katie

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You all are just amazing people. You keep me strong and offer perspectives I may have not even considered.

His health seems to have gotten worse in the past 24 hours. He went in for a regular doc visit today (non cancer related) and when his temperature was taken, it was 102 degrees and may have early pneumonia. He didn't even realize he had a fever, but nonetheless he was given anti biotics and has been on rest ever since. His daughter has been checking on him ever so often and taking his temp.

I will be sure to visit eery day and take your suggestions on the food intake/anti depressants. The doctor told us last time that he doesn't usually like patients who combine anti depressants with their chemo and said its"normal" to feel depressed. Whatever doc is what I say. Anything could help right now, although yesterday he was a little more upbeat. And he has to eat something...he's losing weight fast. He has cereal in mornings and a little bit here and there, but really not that much. Anyone heard of Gerson therapy/diet? I will see what works and what doesn't, like many of you suggested.

I meet with my boss tomorrow and will update him on situation. He knows what's going on, but is an "all about the numbers" guy. I'll weigh my options in next few weeks, but my best friend is like family to me. Known him all my life and he is my brother really. His house needs some work too, I'd like to help more than I'm doing now.

Thank you all for your wonderful display of support, sometimes I even need a head check every now and then :) I'll keep you all updated, I appreciate all your insight. -Jim

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Well guys, my buddy had to be rushed to the ER the other night after he had a fever of 102 he couldn't shake. He's being hospitalized now and doing better, fever has come down...I wonder what happened this time. I visited him today and I have a feeling he had an allergic reaction to a shot they gave him at his appointment w oncologist. At this point, just trying to get him to rest comfortably and get the heck out of there...although thanks to support on here, i was able to warn him a month ago to not be alarmed if he has to be hospitalized every so often.

I've learned so much on here and have passed it on to him. This chemo has given him a beating, though. Soon we will know from CAT scan if chemo is working on the tumor.

I will say that some good news (could be) he learned from xray taken is that lungs appear to be clear and free from fluid as opposed to before. Maybe that's result of tumor being shrunk---decrease in effusion? It's also important to note that 2 fluid tests from month ago AND biopsy of lining of lung all came back negative. Thanks again and will continue to check in with you fine folks. -Jim

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