OK. I am resurrecting this thread because a number of A2kers have expressed curiosity about my medical condition to the point of taking over another thread with their questions, So, for those of you care, here's an update:
I am currently a resident at a place called Hilo Life Care. It's a very nice facility that some people are actually able to leave after a course of therapy and adjustment to their condition, whatever it happens to be. (I have actually seen this happen here.
) I've been here since early July of 2014.
There are multiple things wrong. One is prostate cancer (Phase II, I believe, or perhaps more advanced; it's gone into the bone). In addition to an assortment of daily medication in the form of pills, I get two monthly injections. One is to inhibit the growth of testosterone, thus reducing the size of the prostate which is impacting on my bladder and thus causing severe urination problems. I am under the care of two specialists now, an oncologist and a urologist. (Nobody seems terribly concerned about my heart these days although they listen to it daily and make grave notations on my record. My heartbeat, as a rule, is very irregular and unpredictable, generally slow, but apparently not a reason for major concern. The other shot I get monthly is intended to inhibit growth of the cancer in the bone.
Progress report: when I checked into this luxury hotel back in July, I was a mess. I was positive in my own mind that I was on the imminent verge of death and that this was the last stop for me. I could get around only in a wheel-chair with an oxygen tank handy at all times. (COPD, severe.) I was firmly attached to a Foley catheter at my own request since the urinary problem was virtually constant. After about a month of occupational therapy I was able to shed the oxygen tank. Don't need it any more. Next, sometime in August, it was suggested I try to see if I could get along w/o the catheter. Catheter removed. I'm doing fine as long as I keep a urinal bottle by my bedside and wear Depends or something similar. Next: exchanged the wheel-chair for a walker with a seat. I can walk anywhere on a straightaway (not uphill, though, please) as long as I can stop every 15 or 20 steps and sit down for a min. to catch my breath (the COPD is in abeyance, not remission).
That's about it for now. I do everything for myself e.g.washing, grooming etc. If somebody signs me out, I'm welcome to leave the premises for the day or even overnight if it's been pre-arranged with the nursing staff which has to make sure they give me the proper meds for the time I'll be away. Faith (Seaglass) takes me out frequently.