Thursday, July 7, 2011

A really depressing update on grandpa..

Hey everyone..

Things have been pretty sad over here.. I haven't really been able to post because of some personal issues with grandpa... I am going to try and get a couple posts up tomorrow.

A few of you have been asking how grandpa is doing, so I just wanted to give you all an update..

Grandpa has been doing very very bad. Lately grandpa has been feeling really sick, tired, and just out of whack..He has also been very cold lately and has been losing his voice.

So 2 days ago he decided to go to the doctor, and see if they could figure out what was wrong.
Boy.. we weren't ready for what they said..
They said grandpa has congestive heart failure.. His lungs are filled with fluid, and he might have possible pneumonia.He took a Cat Scan today.. and we should find out those results tomorrow.

We just couldn't believe it.. The doctor asked my grandpa why he hadn't had Hospice come in yet.. and he said that he was taking the Chemo, and was hoping it would help to the point where he just wouldn't need them in yet.. The doctor said he thinks if the Chemo is making him feel so sick.. he should just quit and possibly get Hospice in..

Things are looking really bad.. And it's really depressing.. It's hard to believe the picture above was taken just about a month ago.. Smiling and happy..

It's so hard.. and It's so depressing. I'm just not feeling up to much of anything..


  1. I am so sorry, try to remember the wonderful times and make his time here on earth special. No words can take away your pain. You and your family are in my prayers {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

  2. Thanks Tamara.

    I am really trying :(

  3. I'm so sorry to hear this, how awful! Prayers for you and your family!!!


  4. *hugs* I wish there was something I could do or say to help you through this- it is tough no matter what.

    I am hoping the Dr can give your Grandpa something to clear the fluids- most times they can- so keep positive!

    You're in my thoughts and prayers...

  5. Oh Amanda, I'm so sorry. I'm sending hugs and good thoughts your way that things get easier for you and your family!

  6. God love you, I've been through the congestive heart failure thing with my dad. Please know I'll be thinking about you and Grandpa today, hugs all around.

  7. My mother died 6 years ago today from lung cancer. I have heard the things that were said to you. My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry.


  8. I'm so sorry Amanda :( Remember what I said---you are an amazing person. Hang in there and i am here if you need to talk :)


  9. I can only image how tough it is and how sad you all are.
    Even when you don't feel strong,you are!!
    Life is so hard,filled with happiness and sadness.Always be grateful for the happy times and that helps you get through the horrible times. Many hugs for your whole family~

  10. Thoughts are with you and your family. God bless.

  11. Good thoughts and prayers coming your way. chemo is so debilitating; it's hard to get thru it for those decades younger than your grandpa. That said, the doctors are often amazed at real strength and resilience in patients.

    all the best

  12. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandpa. You've been having such a rough time of it for awhile now. Thinking of you and your family

  13. Aw I am so sorry, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. I'm so sorry, Amanda. I can't imagine how hard this is for you.

    I know that your love must mean so much to him.

    You're both in my prayers.

  15. Dear Amanda,

    Our time on this planet is limited, but it is what we do with out time that truly matters. Your grandfather is obviously loved by your family, which clearly indicates that he spends his time in this world being a loving, generous, and caring man.

    I know this must be a difficult time for you and your family - I will keep you, your grandpa, and your entire family in my prayers. May every moment that you spend with him be full of peace, joy and love. and may God make it easy on you all.

    Take care of yourself, dear.


  16. So sorry. Prayers going up! I'm a new follower from Fri Hop. You can check out my new blog :)

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  18. So sorry to read this, Amanda. Your Grandpa and you are most definitely in my thoughts and prayers. Remember to take care of yourself too! Your Grandpa would want that.

  19. Amanda,
    I could only repeat everything that has been said already. They are all very right! Options are still out there, sometimes being stubborn and waiting it out makes things worse, but he has been to the doctor now and i'm sure some answers are just around the corner!!
    He has such a happy smile!!
    God Bless,

  20. I'm very sorry to hear this. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  22. When my dad first got non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the doctors told him no matter what he did, what treatments he tried, he would have about the same amount of time left. So, he did nothing. Later, when the other cancer turned up, he did try some chemotherapy, and it seemed to help him feel better. Then the doctors said it wasn't working and gave him a different chemical that really knocked him for a loop.

    The reason I tell you this is that sometimes the treatment is just as bad or worse than just letting the cancer run its course. It's really hard. I was really upset with my dad when he first told me about the lymphoma and that he wasn't going to try any of the treatments. Later, I came to understand why he made the choices he did. What good is it to extend your life by six months if they're going to be a miserable six months?

    The best thing you can do for your grandpa is to support any decision he makes about his care, to give him all the love you can (I know you are), to try to give him joy and comfort in the time he has left. I know he doesn't want to leave you, sweetie. It sounds like he is fighting really hard against all the forces that are stacking up against him. I am praying that you and he have more good times together and for his suffering to be eased as much as possible during this difficult time.