Sep. 15th, 2012

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This year has been kind of brutal for my family as far as health goes. Probably part of the reason I spent much of the year depressed.

My father goes in for checkups quite regularly since he is in his late 60s now. Earlier this year, a tumour was discovered on his bladder, and he was also diagnosed with prostate cancer. Thankfully they detected all this early. He had a quick surgery to remove the tumour from his bladder. After surgery, he was uncomfortable for a week or two but he was in good shape after that. For the prostate cancer, his doctor recommended that they remove his prostate as radiation treatment might be less effective for complete removal. He had a fantastic surgeon who pretty much focuses on this procedure in his career. It's taken him a bit longer to get over that. We were all so afraid and worried for him. So far, it has stayed gone.

My brother-in-law's step-dad D was also diagnosed with leukemia about the same time. Thankfully his own brother was a perfect match as a bone marrow donor. They did the surgery and D has made it through the really bad part with no immune system and is now stuck in his home for a year or two in recovery.

The same brother-in-law's real dad A also had surgery on both his knees about a month ago and he bounced back really quickly.

So everything seemed mostly okay; everyone back in reasonably good health. Then I talked to my sister the other day and found out that my brother-in-law's real dad was acting really weird on Sunday. First, a mysterious incident with him getting 2 flat tires on his car, and the mechanic telling my sister that it had to have been something serious because the axle had some damage; and A said nothing had happened. Then at dinner he's forgetting things they said to him 10 minutes ago. It just gets worse. Next day he's having motor skill problems. His hands are shaking and the food falling off his fork as he tries to eat. He almost falls down the stairs. They took him to the hospital and they discovered that he has a tumour in his head. It's probably been there undetected a long time and now it's starting to grow or something. They took him home and he seems to have gotten worse. Forgetting to drop his drawers when going to the bathroom, things like that. So on Thursday they brought him to the hospital again and checked him in. They're trying to get him to take an MRI so that they can go onto a biopsy. He flipped out and would not cooperate. We went back there last night and they had to strap him to his bed and sedate him :( They're going to be doing some biopsy related surgery today. I hope to god it goes okay. I'm just in utter shock. A is a charming man, an amazing cook and artist, knows so many things and he's reduced to a diaper-wearing, fractured man in a span of 5 days. We're not even sure how to go about taking care of his day-to-day situation. No idea who he banks with, nor what bills need to be paid besides rent on his apartment. We don't think he has a will so my bro-in-law doesn't have power of attorney. No clue about what to do if we have to put him in a home to watch him if he manages to survive this and doesn't get his mental faculties back. Time to start researching all this, I guess.

It is so not a cliche that you should live every day as if it is your last and love everyone you love as if you will never see them again tomorrow coz it could really be true.


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