Last night I was surprised to hear from my Dad. It is fairly rare for him to call, especially at times when he knows I’m at work, so I generally treat unexpected phone calls as “bad news” on the way.
This wasn’t the case this time. In spite of his illness, there are still occasions when even he receives positive news, and I’m glad to say that he’s gotten a lot better about sharing both positive and negative lately.
First thing he mentioned to me is that his claim for Social Security Disability benefits was approved. This wasn’t entirely surprising, but the fact that they also paid him for several previous months for which he would have been eligible resulted in a surprise check of many thousands of dollars. No doubt this was a much needed infusion of cash, and he was very pleased to report that his bills will be caught up for a while as a result.
This said, the real good news was still to come. Some readers may recall that I posted on April 14 that his course of treatment would be shifting from cancer-fighting to a comfort/pain-management course in the near future. This has turned out to not be the case, as he has now been approved for up to one year of treatment with a drug that was denied to him in February.
The fact that his physicians aren’t giving up is really encouraging. Dad figures he can realistically expect the treatments to offer him another “three quality months.” I won’t claim to hold high expectations either; I am simply content to see that he seems fairly happy with the decision and we can all just hope for good results.
For the record, it isn’t clear to me at this time whether this decision to proceed with this treatment should be construed to suggest that the chemo he has been on the last few weeks has been working or not. Dad did not voulenteer an opinion on that matter, nor did I request one.
I didn’t make it up to visit Dad this weekend due to our plumbing issues, which I am hopeful will be resolved today. An attempt next weekend will depend heavily on the total cost of repairs today, but after talking with someone who knows a little about plumbing (and knowing a little is equal to knowing a lot more than I do) I am optimistic that we can complete the job today at a reasonable cost.
May there be well being, friends. I will post again soon.