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  • in reply to: My Husband and Cholangiocarcinoma – Part 2 #42143

    I found a very unique volunteer job for someone who loves others…a volunteer “rocker/walker” at the pediatric ward of our hospital. I was admiring a tiny bundle of love and expressed my thoughts to the gentleman giving the bundle a walk. He shocked me when he replied it was just his night to be a rocker/walker to babies who have no one. He went on to explain that often parents are working or perhaps ill also and the tiny ones need human contact and then he grinned and said he loved it! The little bundle squirmed and he said try it sometime.

    Perhaps you could do something for a child that would give you something to hold, comfort, and care for for a few minutes. It would be a way to help without replacing your Wayne and could give you comfort.

    I have thought of this often, I plan to do something after I am relieved of my caregiver job because I can’t stand the thought of 24 hours of missing my loved one. There has to be someone I can hold and cuddle and they would be providing me a much needed warmth with my replacing part of my “empty hours” with someone who needed me.

    in reply to: Conflicting information on CC #45394

    Charlea, One day at a time, but make future plans also. Like they say, no expiration date and no Dr knows the details of time. They can make educated guesses from general evaluations, but each person is individual and each person has the will to live (some strong and some not so strong). Just enjoy all of the good days and do things you enjoy, make memories with your family that will sustain them later when your gone.

    in reply to: My Dad has gone #45413

    Ironbark, I am so sad for you and for Lainy. I appreciate all of the thoughtful, personal posts that have given me insight in areas that I will be facing soon. Your selfless sharing is a great testimony to the caring person you are. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and all of the cc family in our holiday season.

    in reply to: TEDDY IS HERE! #45307

    Lainy, What other proof do we need? Our lives will be touched by those we love, both life and death. It really is a miracle. You have been blessed.

    in reply to: Swollen Tummy #45321

    Kimmie, You said for a lot of us today. I have had people see Mom at the hairdressers or restaurant on a GOOD day and then later hear reports of her “recovery”. It is amazing what people will say and think. Take care.

    in reply to: Teddy is at PEACE #45225

    Lainy, What a love story! You and Teddy to the end…and then once again in memories. Please accept my sincere wishes for strength and health to complete this story for all of us who have admired both of you so long.

    in reply to: Visitors #45146

    Andie, You might take names and phone numbers and when your Mom wants to visit-call and plan a short trip. The sick need to get out as well as the caregivers! Maybe a short trip on the way to the Dr. another day a trip to the pharmacy another visit to another friend! Sound like a plan?

    Or you can also call and tell people when she feels up to a visit-the pop in on the spur of the moment is for family only at a time like this! My opinion.

    in reply to: Visitors #45141

    Andie, I asked Mom what she wanted and it was peace and rest. When she had company over she would get agitated because she was always the “hostess with the mostess”. You were offered food, drink, conversation, trips, and were entertained. She doesn’t have the energy now and states that most didn’t come before she got sick why should they come now.

    A couple of close friends and all of her family are welcome and we have just let the community know she is not receiving company at this time. Phone calls she takes when she feels like it and I relay messages other times. Those who have a problem don’t know what sickness is and they can deal with it. We do the best we can for her comfort and health.

    in reply to: New with Questions #45092

    HI, I am from north Florida (Gator country) and my Mom was idagnosed at Shands UF in Gainesville, Florida. I am not familiar with your Dr or hospital. What city is it located in? Great physicians on the transplant floor and we wouldn’t have Mom if she had not gone there.

    Wishing you luck and good news with the visit to the surgeon.

    in reply to: Needle biopsy – BEWARE #32098

    How in the world can a needle biopsy spread cancer cells and the brushing not? Seems to me the brush could dislodge many cells which could migrate to other areas of the body. Sometimes I just don’t understand all that I read. Help!

    in reply to: Hospice Here We Come #45083
    ElaineW wrote:

    You’ll get through this and have wonderful memories and the comfort of knowing you were there for Teddy every step of the way. Your last days of this journey so vividly bring back the experience Gary went through 13 months ago. Once he was admitted to Hospice things went very quickly, but by then everyone in this situation realizes that is inevitable. Please don’t torture yourself with the idea Teddy isn’t being cared for in a loving manor. I’m convinced that at this point of his journey he has one foot on earth and one in heaven.
    My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with you both. You have inspired all of us. You can do this! Love, Elaine

    Lainy—What an amazing post! This is truly words of wisdom for all of us facing this situation. I hope I will remember these sincere words of faith when my time comes to make such a tough decision for my Mom. Take care and take comfort that you have been able to do so much together in Teddy’s last days at home.

    in reply to: Hello from a new user #45003

    Michael, My heart breaks for you. It is so sad to have someone you love taken too soon. Keep going to counseling and reading posts on this site. Everyone posting is a caring and loving individual. Everyone gives you support and love. Your Mom is probably just as hurt and maybe you can talk with her also, because together you might be able to help each other with your thoughts and remembering all of the good times. Take care.

    in reply to: SENSITIVE-Dreaming & Talking #44741

    Thank you ladies for helping me understand what I will be seeing and trying to do in the future. I have learned so much from this site and it is not all “education” so much is comforting knowledge of how to cope and how to do so many things. I do not know how others handle disease without a site and online friends who know the pain and frustration you are dealing with.

    Bless you Lainy and missingwayne, I know it is so hard and you are both so brave and capable. Your thoughts, information and posts have been helpful to so many. Thank you and all of the others who post.

    in reply to: Dad… #44812

    A baby, just in time to prove love and life go on. Congratulations and best wishes for all of the family and Grandpa also. This will surely lift his spirits.

    in reply to: Mams gone #44948

    Molly, I wish peace and rest for you and your family. Take care and know you are in my prayers.

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