My dad suffered a mild stoke on Dec 6, 2005. Shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with cancer. He was given permission to come home for Christmas. This was the first time I had seen him since the stroke, since I live over 400 miles away and have just started a new job. It was a shock to see him. He had lost over 30 pounds since Thanksgiving and relyed on a walker to move about
. He was in good spirits, but he seemed to be only a fraction of the man I know and love.
The operation was very successful. However, he contracted an infection, which created several additional complications. I went to visit him last weekend and it seems as though he has no will to live. He is wasting away before my eyes. He's down to 110lbs. from a healthy 5'7" 160lbs. He refuses to eat saying that nothing tastes good or that he has no appetite. The nurses have told him that if he does start eating that he will die. I don't know what to do. My mom and brother have brought in all of his favorite foods and the nurses have tried to give him nutritional shakes, but he won't eat more than a few small bites of anything. I mean if he wanted to die and that was his choice I could understand that. But, watching him disappear before my eyes is heartbreaking.
Any words of wisdom or support would be greatly appreciated.