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    adad asked a questionLung Cancer

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      reginak

      It sounds like you are under quite a bit of stress right now yourself! Does your country or medical facility offer support for family members? Perhaps you and your mom can take advantage of that while still being there for your dad. As others have said, take it one problem and day at a time. Usually you will find at least one good thing or one improvement to make things a bit more bearable.
      Is your father also hospitalized, or is he at home or in assisted-living?

      over 4 years ago
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      FreeBird

      I also want to recommend if he has more than one or two medications, buying a pill box and setting it up for him for the week, or if he is able to set it up for himself. It makes it easy for him to remember to take his medications, and provides a visible way to check to be sure he has taken them. If he regularly forgets to take his pills, what I have done is set an alarm for the daytime pills.

      Something like this works well for us http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/ezy-dose-one-day-at-a-time-weekly-medication-organizer-tray/ID=prod6145638-product

      http://www.cvs.com/shop/product-detail/CVS-4-A-Day-Weekly-Pill-Planner?skuId=715101

      http://www.walmart.com/ip/7-Day-Mediplanner/14089470

      My dad currently has at least 15 pill bottles, plus 2 laxative/stool softener pill bottles, two big bottles of liquid laxatives, 2 inhalers, and an emergency box of medications in the fridge. I would go crazy without the pill box. I shouldn't have forgotten to mention that, because that's the simplest and most helpful little thing we have. Knock wood, have never missed a medication.

      over 4 years ago
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      FreeBird

      Also, if you're managing the meds, if a medication is stopped, and there are pills left over, stick that bottle in a zip lock bag, and that goes hideaway in the back room somewhere where it will not be confused with his regular meds. Keep only the pills he uses together in the place where you organize everything. I found that to be helpful.

      over 4 years ago
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