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Reply was posted 12/31/2006 05:12 pm by Jill
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Kim, I didn't mention that my husband was in the hospital for 3 weeks last Dec. recovering from his whipple. He was very weak, and had depleted all of his enzymes and body fluids from his drains. During his stay in the hospital, a physical therapist would come to his room and work with him. And, he too was so thin that we put extra padding on the bed, pillows in chairs, etc. so that his body didn't bruise.

Until this late spring, I really didn't know if he would ever come around and wondered if we had done the right thing. It just didn't seem like he had any quality of life. He also wasn't gaining enough weight to help. His normal weight is 175 and he got down to 133. Slowly it crept up to 144 and stayed there forever. But, slowly, he recovered. It's been over a year now and honestly he has a great life. Almost the same as before, and in some ways better. Cancer does that to you, makes you appreciate everything more and not take anything for granted.

A few months ago he started having digestive problems and began to drop weight. I posted his symptoms here on the board and everyone said he needed enzymes. Sure enough, within a week of prescibed enzymes he was gaining weight like he hadn't been able to before. He is now up to 155lbs. and feels stronger with the added weight. But, all of this has taken a year. Keep the faith, your dad will recover it just takes time and lots of effort.

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