Tuesday, August 2, 2022

An update on Lou


One reason I put the blog on hiatus was the health of my best friend, Lou. He was going through some rough times and I’m helping him out. Here’s where things stand at the moment.

Lou had renal cancer back in 2011/12 and lost a kidney. He came back strong.


He has heart problems. High blood pressure, A-Fib, and degenerative heart disease.


About a year and a half ago, lung cancer was discovered on one of his heart scans. A bunch of small spots all over his lungs. Stage 4, inoperable. Lou decided not to undergo radiation and chemotherapy.


He has been easily fatigued, weak and had lost a lot of weight, but scans every few months show the cancer hasn’t grown or spread.


In the meantime, he developed arthritis and a bone spur in his right hip.


He has been suffering nausea and loss of appetite due to gastritis, plus and inflamed throat because of GERD.


And tinnitus. And headaches. And irregular sleep patterns. Plus he has developed floaters and flashes in his left eye. His 73 year old body is wearing out in several ways.


His cardiologist, oncologist, ENT, optometrist, and counselor have him on a bunch of meds and it seems they’re finally helping. He has been in less pain, more active, eating better, sleeping better, and is in a better mood, taking interest in his hobbies again. I hope this is a continuing trend or that it at least stabilizes like this for a while.


We have an appointment tomorrow with his very good, well informed, helpful Nurse Practitioner, and another cardiologist appointment in a couple of weeks. 


As for me, I’m here for the duration or until I’m no longer needed. That could be months, possibly years. The only nomading I do now is supply runs to town and medical appointments in Silver City, Deming and Las Cruces. Lou wishes he felt well enough to do a little traveling. I’m of the opinion it would do mind and soul good to take a break from the small world he’s in now, even if it exhausts his body. I’ll try to talk him into something, even if it’s just a drive up to the cliff dwellings.


Anyway, that’s what’s up. 

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update.

    Thank you for being there for him.

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  2. Thanks for the update. I wish Lou and you well. A drive someplace in nature would be good for both of you.
    Linda Sand

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  3. Wishing the best for Lou. And you too

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  4. Thanks for the update. Wishing the best for Lou and you both.

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  5. Thank you for the update, Lou is fortunate to have a friend like you to care for him. Wishing the best for you both.

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  6. I hope you both get to travel and enjoy life. You are a great friend.

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  7. What a lovely friend

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  8. Good to know. :/

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  9. Al you are a good man, and great friend ! Lou is very lucky to have your friendship, but I'm certain he already knows. Please enjoy every day

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