This isn’t a Fallout post, this is a personal prayer request.
On Father’s Day when I hugged my Dad I could feel his ribcage through the back or the sweatshirt he was wearing. It was a bit frightening. He’d already lost a lot of weight by that point, and he didn’t sort of start eating again until here recently. I don’t know what’s going on. Sometime at the end of last year or start of this one he started taking antibiotics for something that he never really kicked. And then this past spring he ended up with this awful “sinus/allergy issue” which led to him losing his voice, his appetite, and I don’t even know what else because I think he was trying to play things down out of fear.
A visit to a ear, nose, & throat specialist ruled out cancer and he was put on something to treat a severe throat irritation (or something). When his voice somewhat returned but other symptoms flared back up, his primary doctor discovered he had thrush, not just in his mouth but down his throat (a possible side effect of the cocktail of meds he’s been on for …all year basically.)
She put him on some meds that were supposed to kick it, only they didn’t. He then developed a fever and she put him on some stronger meds. His fever started consistently spiking up above 101 - 102 and he was made to go in and have a chest xray and some blood work done. He was sent home to wait all weekend for the results. Mom claims he’s eating ‘better’ but he has to constantly take ibuprofen to keep the fever at bay, he lays around bundled up under blankets practically trembling because he’s shivering so hard, and he’s lost somewhere around 30 pounds (possibly more). He currently weighs only 11 pounds more than I did when I graduated high school (I weighed 127). I was a thin, curvy, but somewhat athletic 5′ 4″ back then, he’s closer to 6′ and has spent most of his life working construction.
My Mom paints one picture when I talk to her that he’s getting ‘better’ but my brother paints a much different picture about how he’s thrown up blood and he wonders if he’ll still be alive when he gets home from work. I just want to ask that you please pray that the people involved in my father’s care are able to figure out what’s wrong with him based off the tests they ran Friday afternoon, and that his Doctor is able to heal him and get him past this awful time in his life.