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my dad (please help)

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 10, 2006
  • 02:54 PM

Hi my name is linda and my father was diagnosed with asbestosis. i havent been abe to sleep and i am very distraught over this. My father is 72 yrs old and was a navy seal during the 70's and did brake lining on cars too for most of his young life. He was without any symptoms up until now, he had started having shortness of breath and coughing last month and went to the doctor yesterday and was told that the x-ray results showed asbestos lining his lungs.... if any one has any info that they feel is possitive, or info that they feel I should be aware of please do let me know.:confused::(

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  • HELLO MY FATHER IS 53, HE WAS DIAGNOSED AT 49 YEARS OLD, HE WAS A PAINTER AND DECORATOR AN APPRENTANCE IN THE Early 70s when he was exposed to it.i am his daughter rachel.must say this illness isnt good, and is going to be a bit of a rough ride.the only good advice i can give you is have a doctor you can trust.make sure you give him plenty of pain relief.get a ocupational theripest, {can give your father some things to make his life easier} {ie electric bed help pay for stair lifts or down stairs showers.}if possible ask for your father to have oxygen at home, it helps when tierd and sore alot, my father relies on it.MOST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR FATHER IS TO HAVE POSITIVE MENTALE ATTITUDE. it really helps.if you want here is a number for legal and finacial advice for your fatherclydeside action on asbestos, glasgow. 0141 552 8852.most of all dont worry, i know its hard not to.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 13, 2006
    • 07:40 PM
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  • I'm so sorry to hear of both your Fathers turning up with this nasty disease. They are so lucky to have you. I was DXed as being in the early stages in 03. It was a blessing that they accidently found it at its pre-cancerous stage. I don't know what stages your Fathers are at. The only thing I can share is my experience. For me its been a very painful process. Both of your Fathers are very lucky to have you there for them. My Family is still in denial. They keep telling me that all I have to do is eat right, take the right herbs and try some wheatgrass juice and I'll be alright. Being in pain is very exhausting. I have a window of 4 -5 hours that I can function, people dont seem to understand that. If you don't mind giving me more info, I might be able to help more. Are they on o2? What flow? Have they started dropping weight yet? Are they going through chemo? Have they accepted the DX themselves? Or are they in denial? What kind of meds are they on? Are your Moms still living? What stage are they? Meanwhile, I hope the below info helps. I don't know who wrote it, but they describe what our world is like to a tee.What You Need To Know About People In Chronic Pain1. People with chronic pain seem unreliable (we often can't count on ourselves). When feeling better we promise things (and mean it); when in serious pain, we may not even show up. Pain people need the "rubber time" (flexible) found in South Pacific countries and many aboriginal cultures. 2. An action or situation may result in pain several hours later, or even the next day. Delayed pain is confusing to people who have never experienced it. 3. Pain can inhibit listening and other communication skills. It's like having someone shouting at you, or trying to talk with a fire alarm going off in the room. The effect of pain on the mind can seem like attention deficit disorder. So you may have to repeat a request, or write things down for a person with chronic pain. Don't take it personally, or think that they are stupid. 4. The senses can overload while in pain. For example, noises that wouldn't normally bother you may seem too loud or glaring. 5. Patience may seem short. We can't wait in a long line; can't wait for a long, drawn out conversation. 6. Don't always ask "How are you?" unless you are genuinely prepared to listen - it just points attention inward. 7. Pain can sometimes trigger psychological disabilities (usually very temporary). When in pain, a small task, like hanging out the laundry, can seem like a huge wall, too high to climb over. An hour later the same job may be quite okay. It is sane to be depressed occasionally when you hurt. 8. Pain can come on fairly quickly and unexpectedly. Pain sometimes abates after a short rest. Chronic pain people appear to arrive and fade unpredictably to others. 9. Knowing where a refuge is, such as a couch, a bed, or a comfortable chair, is as important as knowing where a bathroom is. A visit is much more enjoyable if the chronic pain person knows there is a refuge if needed. A person with chronic pain may not want to go somewhere that has no refuge (e.g. no place to sit or lie down)10. Small acts of kindness can seem like huge acts of mercy to a person in pain. Your offer of a pillow or a cup of tea can be a really big thing to a person who is feeling temporarily helpless in the face of encroaching pain. 11. Not all pain is easy to locate or describe. Sometimes there is a body-wide feeling of discomfort, with hard to describe pains in the entire back, or in both legs, but not in one particular spot you can point to. Our vocabulary for pain is very limited, compared to the body's ability to feel varieties of discomfort. 12. We may not have a good "reason" for the pain. Medical science is still limited in its understanding of pain. Many people have pain that is not yet classified by doctors as an officially recognized "disease". That does not reduce the pain; it only reduces our ability to give it a label, and to have you believe us ________________________________________
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 24, 2006
    • 10:29 AM
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