up North

Justin: Mom & Floyd are on vacation now up North to see Floyd’s brothers.  When they left and each time I spoke with her, Mom seemed okay.  Of course, she still gets a little tired sometimes.  The doctors tell her she’ll feel tired three or so weeks after the last treatment.

last radiation

Justin: This marks the first time that I know of that Mom has said she wants a sleep.  It’s 5:50PM, and she’s sound asleep.

Today also marks the last of Mom’s radiation treatments.  No wonder she’s so tired.  It really zaps one’s energy, I am guessing.

asbestos, black mold at Extendicare

Justin: Now we know the probable reason for Mom’s lung cancer.  She worked for 14 years at Extendicare, a nursing home.  There are 16 people who worked there who died of cancer.  Why?  A) Asbestos was used in the building.  The managers knew about this and did nothing about it.  They were told by authorities to put up signs for both workers and residents, but none were.  (There was one sign put up in a nurse’s room behind something so it could not be seen.)  Finally, the building was closed down by authorities, but it’s too late for those 16 who have died already.  B) Mold.  Yes, toxic black mold, the same thing that is making me ill right now.  The roofs leaked, but they put … get this … bales of hay in the ceiling to absorb the moisture.  Of course, everything got moldy.  There was even a flood once, but, instead of taking out mold-damaged building materials, they painted over it.

There is now a class-action law suit brought on by two survivors.  Mom is now considering joining them.  I’ll post more here as I hear it.

maximum radiation

Justin: Mom’s doctor told M&F that she’s getting the maximum allowable radiation therapy and that there will be no chemotherapy as the difference it would make is minimal.  The doctor says eat as much as you can and, if you find you like something, just eat it.  Also, lay off the salt.  Your taste buds cannot pick up the taste anyway, so there’s no point in pouring salt on everything.

Mom is coughing a lot from the time she gets up in the morning until she goes to bed.  She is often tired and cannot stay up late.  The doctor did warn her though that this would be the case.