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  • BamaDave has replied to a post on the message board

    Thank you for all of the feedback.  As always seems the case with this disease, apparently there's no obvious pattern or timeline.  Just have to take things one day at a time!

    March 04 at 2:10 PM view post
    • BamaDave has created a new message board discussion

      My 80 year old father has been fighting glioblastoma multiforme for over 19 months. Within the past few weeks, his balance has been getting worse, and my Mom told me yesterday that it has really declined even more the past few days.  He's stumbling around and falling frequently. Although I know GBM progresses differently for every patient, can anyone share how long this phase lasts before mobility becomes imposs...

      February 28 at 10:34 PM view discussion
      • BamaDave has replied to a post on the message board

        GBMPaul, I'm very sorry to hear about what your Mom is experiencing and for such a long time.  My Dad is somewhat in this state as well, although much more functional.  He was diagnosed in July of 2015 with a right temporal GBM.  The tumor was resected, and he did the standard temodar and radiation.  By December of 2015, it was back.  In April of 2016, he had a second resection, and much of h...

        February 13 at 10:16 PM view post
        • BamaDave has replied to a post on the message board

          I don't understand how an oil applied to the scalp will benefit the brain. Any beneficial chemicals in the oil will be absorbed into blood vessels of the scalp. Those blood vessels supply the scalp and the skull bones, not the brain. Blood doesn't flow from the scalp, across the skull, and into the brain.

          September 10 at 8:58 PM view post
          • BamaDave has replied to a post on the message board

            Prayers of peace and acceptance for you and your family.  I am very sorry for the sudden shock you've experienced and the loss of your father.  This disease is very unforgiving.

            September 07 at 10:44 PM view post
            • BamaDave has created a new message board discussion

              I have posted a few times about my father, age 79, who is nearing end of life with glioblastoma.  He is experiencing a lot of paranoia and confusion. He's receiving in home hospice care, but attempts to relieve anxiety and other symptoms have not worked well and have made him feel worse (they tried lorazepam, temazepam, and morphine).  My Mom decided she wanted him off of these medications because of the se...

              September 07 at 10:41 PM view discussion
              • BamaDave has replied to a post on the message board

                I'm very sorry to read about your father and his poor quality of life.  I think you are doing the right thing by honoring his wishes.  Based on his symptoms, it sounds like the cancer is very advanced.  If you have hospice services available, they should be very helpful.   My own father was diagnosed with glioblastoma in July of last year.  He tolerated radiation and temodar very well, but h...

                August 29 at 9:42 PM view post
                • BamaDave has replied to a post on the message board

                  I'm glad to know your father is at peace and wish the best for your family.  This disease is certainly unforgiving.  I'm sure it really helped your Mom that both you and your sister could be with her during that rough lasthma few weeks.

                  August 15 at 3:48 PM view post
                  • BamaDave has replied to a post on the message board

                    Thank you and best wishes for you and your family. Unfortunately my parents have a multi-level house, and while he generally stays downstairs, he just came up at 4am and fell down the stairs. My parents had a chair lift installed, but he can't understand how to use it. Thankfully he wasn't badly hurt. Hoping hospice can give him something to keep him down at night. I don't want to move him into assisted livi...

                    August 09 at 10:23 AM view post
                    • BamaDave has replied to a post on the message board

                      I'm sorry you are experiencing this. My father, age 79, also is moving into the end stages of glioblastoma. It's tough to watch the decline. He has been losing weight steadily for a few months and sleeps the majority of the time. He is beginning to stagger around but refuses assistance with bathing even though we have hospice services set up. His quality of life is fairly poor, as he is often confused and can't ...

                      August 09 at 12:07 AM view post
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