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I had Whipple 3-1/2 yrs. ago (I was 52 yrs) and I can understand your Dads situation. My bio is on this board, if you want to read it. I went from 185lbs down to 125lbs after surgery. I'm now at 135lbs. It took me about 3 months to get somewhat back together enough to function. The more he can walk the better he will recover. Even a few steps at a time will help. I started by walking 10 feet at a time and gradually increased the distance. I had to really push myself to do that but in the long run I think it helped me recover.
As far as being weak, even now I'm still weak and tired alot and I'm pretty sure I'll never gain my strength back to what is was before my surgery. I don't have any fat and very little muscle left. My wife tells me that from behind I look like a prison camp survivor. On the positive side is that now I can eat as often as I like and as much as I want and never have to worry about getting too fat. Some people would give anything to be able to do that.
Good luck to your Dad and remember that it's going to take quite a while to
recover from this.
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