• COVID-19/Christmas/Missing my Dad

    Asked by AshleyM on Monday, December 14, 2020

    COVID-19/Christmas/Missing my Dad

    My dad was recently diagnosed with stage 3 squamous esophagus cancer. He is current undergoing radiation and chemo. This coming week is his last chemo treatment and he has about 9 more zaps of radiation. I live in FL and my parents are in AL. I’m really struggling on visiting for Christmas. I’m so worried about COVID. I have two children 2.5 and 4 months and a husband. I’m so worried we will make Dad sick. Anyone have any advice for me on visiting for Christmas or not? He has a tough road ahead of surgery (in February) and I just want to make sure we do everything we can to optimize that procedure.

    Thank you for your advice!!!

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • Teachertina's Avatar
      Teachertina

      It’s hard to sacrifice this special time with family but it’s better to do that in order to have special times again later. I agree with all the above mentioned ideas. Both of my husbands parents are fighting COVID right now. They are 88 and 89 years old. We missed having Thanksgiving with them and don’t know if we can visit them for Christmas. We are waiting for a negative test tomorrow to see what we can do. They seem to be getting better but we are still worried about them getting fully recovered. It’s a tough virus to beat! Wishing you and your family well during all this!

      2 months ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      I forgot about Skype. It runs on Android, Microsoft PCs, iPhones, and iPads. It is also free.

      2 months ago
    • legaljen1969's Avatar
      legaljen1969

      @AshleyM, I hope you were able to find a way to communicate or see your family over Christmas- at least virtually. We did a virtual Christmas meeting with my family. It turned out okay. It was probably as well as Christmas would have turned out, and when we signed off- we all got to go on about our days. LOL
      I won't lie. It was super hard not being there to have that in person time. I think there comes that time when we wonder, especially with aging parents and those who have chronic illnesses, how much risk is too much risk.
      I think maybe this Christmas has let a lot of families understand what families of immunocompromised people have been through in the past- those with cancers or other diseases that cause immunodeficiency. These are hard decisions to make.
      Anyhow, again I hope your family was able to make the decision that was best for you all.

      2 months ago

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