This blog is an attempt to memorialize our parents and right the wrongs done to them, and hopefully, by making readers aware of what can happen, we can protect other elderly parents who could fall victim to their own family members.
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From: barbara lochner To: Sent: Thu, May 29, 2003 5:38:24 PM Subject: Popa I need to tell you that my dad has (probably) all the symptoms of colorectal cancer. I found out that the Dr ordered a colonoscopy a long time ago..maybe a year. Daddy decided his symptoms were caused by Metamusel so he canceled his test. In the meantime, his bowel problem has become quite severe. I am gathering it's now a daily problem & embarrassment. He now has a new appointment for a colonoscopy. It's scheduled for sometime after the hay gets baled..late June. His weight loss, extreme fatigue, etc. are other symptoms. He has no pain, which is also common with colorectal cancer. No pain. C-r cancer is the #2 cancer killer in people over 55. I have had two friends die of c-r cancer in the past two years. (Ages 54 & 76.) Neither one had any idea there was anything wrong until the last three months of their lives. Then, of course, there is nothing to be done. It's possible there is some other cause...irritable bowel syndrome, etc., but from what I can gather, these other things strike much earlier in life. One doesn't suddenly at the age of 83 get IBS. At any rate, it is a huge worry. I am glad you have planned the July 4 trip. Do everything you can to follow thru. Love, mom
From: barbara lochner To: Sent: Mon, May 26, 2003 4:38:18 PM Subject: It's me It's me, little miss sunshine. I'm beginning to think my dad has colorectal cancer. It has come to light that he has been having - without warning - rectal 'explosions' over the past six months..maybe longer. It's been revealed that Dr scheduled a colonostomy quite a while back but daddy began to feel better and cancelled the appointment. Symptoms have become so severe that another appointment is scheduled and he claims he will show up for it...tho not go under as he wants to know what's going on. I have advised him to go under. He is also exhausted all the time, can barely stay awake yet claims he is sleepless every night - for reasons I can not ascertain, and has lost weight. He is 83. I am going back there this coming Friday. I fear the worst.