How can I be a supportive caregiver? HPV Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Hi my husband is just in the diagnosis stage of what two doctors believe is HPV 16 Squamous Cell Carcinoma. His biopsy was reviewed then sent to the Mayo clinic for further review. Now we wait… but while we wait.. how does everyone deal with friends and family who mean well, but are hurtful when they tell me to ” buck up” and get through this! I feel like I am doing the very best I can right now to not completely lose my mind. Waiting is complete torture!
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@chapmanswife Hi Sandy: As I see there is a discussion on keeping a binder, I’m reminded of a great little book I read a number of years ago, Doing Well at Being Sick. The author, Wendy Wallace, has a number of serious health issues and I’m sure you will find lots of information and inspiration from her book. She also kept a binder that traveled with her when she left home. The story of how she and her family dealt with her illness is really remarkable. I believe it can be ordered from Amazon. Teresa
That is very good advice. It would give you and your husband a sense of control, something that we need when life throws these things at us.
I will look that up. It sounds like excellent advice.
I think the first one should be for test results. It worked for me to have at least three copies to hand out to the different doctors you will be seeing. I know they will offer to make copies, but it is best to keep the original always in your book. Keeping a few sheets of lose paper in each divider works really well (you already figured that yourself). The second one is good for doctors. I printed their info from the internet, with their picture, and inserted loose paper after each doctor for notes. In this divider, get a plastic sheet with dividers for cards, that way you will have a directory with the cards you will be handed at their offices.Insurance and receipts is another one. Also keep copies of his insurance in there to hand out. Another divider for appointments. Another for medications and make copies as well to hand out., etc. The calendar is a great idea. That could be your cover.
Whenever you see a doctor, bring a list of questions with you, with spaces for the answers. If you feel tired or too overwhelmed, bring with you a fresh mind that can take notes for you. Remember that from now on, you are the caregiver, and you need to be strong, rested, and well fed. Do not be a super woman, and request help from family and friends. They can bring food, and seat down with your patient while you take a gulp of fresh air. There is a computer program called “Lots of helping hands”, that works wonders to organize help from others. It is a great idea to have a group text to communicate the progress. When it becomes necessary, you can delegate someone to do the reporting.
Maybe I am going too far, and overwhelm you myself! Hope for the best, prepare for the worst kind of thing. I just want to help as much as I can.
Love and prayers, Loli
No Loli- These are all great great ideas! I have no idea what all I need or dont need.. your help along with others is invaluable to me! I dont anticipate any help from family as none live close by or have even said they are coming to Omaha when he has surgery! I think Im on my own so I have to be very prepared!! Thank you again so much!
Thank you Teresa! I will check into her book!!
@chapmanswife You will enjoy it, Sandy. She brings her faith into her health situation beautifully! Teresa
Checking on you. Just another bit of info: There is another program called TakeThemAMeal. com This is a good site for sending meals if your family and friends are far away and want to help with meals when the time comes. Usually, it is when you come back from the hospital and are so busy taking care of your patient. This works well, so you are not loaded with food the first few days, and later you have no help at all.
Just thinking of you and sending prayers and love.
Thanks Loli! I dont know where to begin…. my husband & I will be headed to Omaha Nebraska for his surgery very soon, then back home for treatment. His PET scan showed no other areas, but it also showed no point of origin. His dr believes he has micro tumors in his tonsils that arent able to be detected on scans. I am so frustrated with this process
Has anyone else had this happen where the point of origin was not found?