Hello everyone. Thank you for your kind words, advise and questions. It means a lot to hear about your experiences and how everything has been working out.
Diane, dad will be getting carboplatin and pemetrexed, then bevacizumab will be added at cycle 2. I am not sure if each cycle is the same but for dad 1 cycle = 3 week period.
The oncologist asked us to get folate (400 mcg) but she also said a multivitamin was good as long as it had at least that amount of mcg. And she also said that dad will be getting a B12 shot the day of the chemo. For meds, he was prescribed to take 4mg of dexamethasone (steroid) twice daily on the day before, day of, and day after chemo. Also, he is to take 8 mg zofran every 8 hrs on days 2,3,4, of chemo with day 1 being chemo day.
Randy: this is good to know. Actually the oncologist was very specific about not giving us a "life span". The terminal words was used on a document provided for my work. As I mentioned before I am in the military and was getting ready to go to an Army school when my dad had the minor stroke, so the school was cancelled. Now, the powers that be had the brilliant idea of sending me to Korea for a year before the next available school next Summer. So, I am applying for a compassionate reassignment to stay in my current location, and for them medical documents have to be morbidly detailed. This is about the only secret am keeping from dad at this time because I do not want him to stress about additional things. Luckily if I end up having to go, my brother is in town also. But I am praying fervently that I am allowed to stay here with my parents.
Eric: thank you for your words and uplifting attitude. Your reply made me smile. I needed that today. I have heard that caregivers need to take care of themselves to ensure they don't get burned out, and for the past two three weeks I have been going non stop. It finally caught up with me today, and had a minor meltdown in the bathroom as I suddenly thought out of nowhere: "what if dad never gets to walk me down the isle". And the water works started. Luckily my parents were out with my brother. So you have no idea what being able to smile today means to me. Thank you.
JanetB: thank you for the advise and your encouragement.
This has been quite a journey so far, and I feel a bit helpless because I thought my dad was invincible. So, today I found out that my application for the Team LUNGevity marathon team accepted my application to run the Chicago marathon and I am so ecstatic! Running is something I love doing and I feel like I am sharing with dad something I love and know he will be proud of. Anyhow, I feel the water works coming, so I will leave it at that!