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Ray was posted 10/01/1998 12:01 pm by LizG
E-mail Address: EFGrabe@aol.com

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Ray, I am in a very similar situation with my father. He is very smart (3 college degrees, all in the sciences). However, at this point in his illness he does not seem able to hear the facts about is prognosis. We handle it by both Mom and I going with Dad to the doctor. My mother wants to support him in his hope, so we try and let Dad set the pace for how much information he wants from his doctor. Then, after the appointment, one of us goes with Dad for whatever else needs to be done (lab work, x ray, scheduling the next appointment, etc) - the other talks with the doctor alone. We try and prepare for each appointment by making a list of Dad's questions and our questions, plus questions from my siblings and other family members. In addition we are blessed with a great oncology nurse who, with dad's permission, is available to answer questions from any member of the family at any time. Dad knows there is a lot of information he doesn't have, but he also knows we keep a written list of questions and answers that he can look at and/or discuss with us or the doctor as he feels ready. It isn't a perfect system, but it does seem to help. Good luck, Liz

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