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I Don't Think FIL Has Much Longer

October 31st, 2017 at 06:56 am

A couple of days ago the nursing home sent FIL to the hospital because he had a rash spreading all over his body. Turns out it is MRSA. And they did a scan of his lungs and the big cancer tumor is now 6 inches and their is a smaller one as well and they are almost completely filling one lung. The other lung is clear. They are talking about putting in a breathing tube. Right now he is just on oxygen, but if it worsens the tube will go in.

I'm not supposed to go up there right now because I have a cold and it is really hard. Same with my daughter. My son was able to go up with DH, though. If it gets worse I may go up anyway with a breathing mask on. And it sounds like it is going to get worse.

In a lot of ways, this is worse than when my own father was dying. His mind had gone years before. But FIL is still completely in his right mind. He is close to giving up because it has just been so hard. It is heart-breaking.

I still don't know what MIL is going to do. She doesn't know how to do anything financially. She's never worked and I don't think she is capable of it. The life insurance will be enough to pay off their house and their regular bills, but I don't know about the hospital bills at this point. We can't afford to take care of them.

Plus, emotionally, I don't know what she will do. They have been married 50 years. At least she is driving again, but that took a lot of doing. She doesn't like to make phone calls and deal with stuff, but she is going to have to.

Oh, plus, their disability insurance is breathing down their necks trying to make them prove that he is disabled beyond the point of working at any job right now. I've complained many times in the past about how sucky Aetna is, but this is a new low. If MIL even knew where the paperwork was for certain things, trying to deal with that wouldn't be so hard.

Please, if you are part of a married couple and one of you is clueless about all the finances and paperwork, have a conference with your spouse and get it so you both understand everything. This is not something you want to be dealing with at death's door.

Please pray for my FIL, MIL, DH, and SIL. Right now is the hardest time of their lives and I am helpless to do a single thing.

7 Responses to “I Don't Think FIL Has Much Longer”

  1. Carol Says:

    So sorry...

  2. snafu Says:

    {{{iHugs}}} sad beyond words on each issue. After 50 years of inexperience, there is no quick fix. While illness keeps you home, perhaps working out a giant, poster sized calendar to attach to wall might be a helpful visual of 'due dates.' It at least feels ike taking action.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Very sorry...prayers being sent.

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I am so sorry for your whole family. My thoughts and prayers are being sent to you during this most difficult time. Maybe the time off for your husband is a blessing to spend these last days with his father.

  5. NJDebbie Says:

    ((Hugs)) to you during this difficult time.

  6. Tabs Says:

    Yikes. I am very sorry to hear that. Please take care.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    Praying for all of you!

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