Hello, Lama48, another Vietnam vet here.
You have already gotten some good advice from some of the members of the forum here, some of them vets like us, and you may well get more from others, as we're an experienced bunch on this forum.
A couple of comments on some specific things you said: "Sorry I don't know if it's acceptable to post this."
Well, don't you worry a bit about
that. If it's a medical issue, we have the liberty here to post almost anything about
our personal situations, regardless of how graphic it is. This is because knowing all the facts is the only way the rest of us will understand your situation well enough to offer advice. So don't worry at all about
telling us all your medical issues, no matter how medically detailed they may be.
But regarding something else you said: "So I live alone now and it has been difficult for me."
You don't have to be alone in facing this! Of course what you're facing now is awfully difficult to deal with, even when there is a partner or loved one nearby to help. And it has to have been made even worse by the fact that, as you mentioned, you lost your dog not long ago, a pet you had for many years.
But there are many assistance programs
open to you, both from the VA and very likely from local community programs where you are. I could suggest some specific websites, including pages on the VA site, but perhaps you already have thought about
just what kind of program(s) you would like to look into.
Programs perhaps such as meeting and talking with other vets, formally or informally? Rehabilitative or vocational training? Psychological counseling? There are a LOT of programs out there for veterans, both government-sponsored and local.
And if you're not exactly sure at this point what you need or what programs might be helpful to you, checking with your local VA hospital would be a good place to start. Perhaps going there and asking about
general counseling to start with, and after that moving into more specific programs they offer, relevant to your needs.
Of course there is also always the web for getting information, and even something as simple as asking at your local public library reference desk for resources could help as well.
Also, we don't know if you have relatives, children, or such people available to assist you, but I assume you have already thought about
your options there.
Would you even be interested in getting another dog, assuming you would have the means to keep one? Pets can do wonders in keeping up one's morale!
Then there are online support groups, such as this one. We're real people here with real stories, and a lot of experience as a result, and we're always very happy to assist others who come to visit us whenever we can, 24/7.
So if we can help, please do let us know. We'll be very happy to do so.
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 or lower
Post Edited (81GyGuy) : 7/12/2017 10:34:02 AM (GMT-6)