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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Dad has had no appetite, and his leg has been swollen for a few days. I was considering procuring some hash cookies for him; I was going to broach the subject with his doctor tonight. However, I just received this e-mail:
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: joe rpa
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 22:16:56 +1000

dear melissa & matt
we took dad to his gp down the rd - she sent him to have a heart xray
it was ok with his heart - but she insisted on sending him to the heart
specials. -mum thought in his condition he will die whin one week so we took
him RPA- he got ammitted straight away .
This morning we went to see him- he was a different person .
He eats normal - and the swellings gone down- as they [excised - I will spare you the fairly graphic description of a catheter bag, which he may have to wear all the time]
As he can't wee - becomes very lost in thought - sleeps all the time - won't
Eat - this is at home.
He bleeds in the Hospital toilet from his bum- mum phoned his Dr in the
Hospital asked if he might have bum cancer as well . He said maybe and
will discuss it with the other Drs tomorrow - but he may forget - mum will
talk to them again.
Will keep you informed.
Love Cindy and Trevor.

I guess by "bum cancer," Mum is referring to rectal or bowel cancer. I guess. Dad called prostate cancer "bum cancer" for a while, so I'm not entirely sure, but it's the only interpretation which makes any sense. My mother is apt to jump to medical conclusions like this so I'm not taking it very seriously until I hear from the doctor.

The catheter bag sounds like a damn good idea. I don't know why they didn't try it sooner.
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