How to cheer up an ill parent
February 21, 2014 11:43 AM Subscribe
My dad's cancer has come back and he's lost a lot of energy in the last year. In the next few weeks, we and his doctors will be discussing treatment/chemo options. What can I do for him?
He seems really down lately. He can't eat much due to nausea, and he has little energy to do much beyond lie on his bed, watch the occasional movie, listen to the radio, and read the newspaper.
I'm a recent college grad on the job hunt, and most days I'm at home, so I have a lot of time with him. What can I do to help him out?
My dad has never been very talkative, has few hobbies (watching Western movies and playing chess amongst them, but I hate both activities tbh), and as far as I know, doesn't have any close friends. So far I've taken to regularly finding potentially interesting DVDs for him (a tough task!), encouraged his interests in chess and history by finding related books, but I think I could be doing more for him. And trying to be more patient with him during this difficult time. It's so hard when he's grumpy or insanely pessimistic.
Any suggestions or strategies or stories about dealing with elderly/possibly terminally ill parents appreciated. Thanks in advance, I'll be back to answer any questions.