Tonight was the first time I have seen my friend since her diagnosis (which was last week).
Her appearance was far more shocking than I had imagined.
She is all belly, with a very drawn face, severe muscle wasting, and edema.
It was hard not to let my face belie my shock; but I am proud to say I didn't flinch.
Now to my questions/statements:
Her eyes were different.
Huge, dilated pupils; and they just didn't look the same at all.
Also, when I kissed her on the cheek, I tasted salt on my lips.
(She had been complaining about a taste of salt in her mouth)
Are these normal occurrences?
I tried to keep the conversation upbeat, but let her lead it.
Without asking intrusive questions, I engaged and discussed her condition and did express concern.
I hope that I struck a happy balance??
I guess I am looking for feedback on how to make our interactions as productive/positive as possible.
As I know you all have experience with this, either as caretaker or patient, I would appreciate any feedback positive or negative.
I am not so good with these sort of things.