You and your father-in-law have my sympathy. It must be hard to observe such a decline. I have a teenage daughter who stays with me some weekends. I try real hard to allay her worries. She's hoping I'll be around to give her away when and if she marries, but she can see her old dad is struggling.
Anyway.. Funny/ironic story:
I had all the 'spirograph' tests etc at the hospital. Really nice lady operative who ran the tests, showed me the graphs, we went for a stroll along the hospital corridors with bits of diagnostic kit strapped to me and chatted. I asked her how my results compared to her own. She said hers were quite similar to mine as she was a heavy smoker!
Yes, I still have the odd rollup. Giving up totally made no difference and I do enjoy a smoke, although don't fully inhale. Tests showed no signs of the big C. I don't drink and I try to eat healthily.
Isn't this all about quality of life? I could sit alone waiting for the reaper to call, but I don't. I have the odd puff, I drive much too fast, squeeze the last drops of fun from life and enjoy my many hobbies and interests. All that's changed is that everything has to be done at a drastically reduced pace. That's a major irritation to me, being someone who lived life in the fast lane. I guess most of you can identify with that side of things and resent occasionally feeling totally useless.
But we aren't useless. I look around and see some people so much worse off than I, and when I consider what I have achieved in life, I guess I'm not quite ready for the scrapheap just yet!
I'm really interested in how you guys cope with your own issues. How has your life changed? What is your mental attitude? How have friends and family reacted?
2am again, and I'm off out on t' tinterweb to participate in an online quiz. maybe drive out to the beach and look at the stars....
So much still to do!
Jesus Saves - Buddha makes incremental backups