After several fits and starts my brother is currently living in a rehab unit at one of our fine VA medical centers. He’s coping and learning to care for his tracheostomy and downright grateful to have it as he thinks without it he would be unable to breath.
They have a washing machine and microwave and a big screen TV-What more could a single man want??
My brother keeps telling me that joining the army was the best thing he ever did. I am a veteran too but I can’t really picture myself saying that.
He has started chemo and radiation with little or no side effects. His two big complaints are:
- Pain-increasing to the point he now has a fentynal patch
- For radiation they place a custom made “basket” over his face to hold his head in place. it’s only about 10 minutes but he doesn’t like it at all. Radiation treatments will be 5 days a week for 6-7 weeks
We are aiming for him to come home April 1. Just in time for my birthday!