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On December 11, 2019 Ben was diagnosed with end stage pancreatic cancer. The cancer had spread and we have opted to treat him only with palliative care at this stage to make sure he is comfortable and without pain. Weinstein Hospice was called in to give us support and resources, and they are doing just that. Methadone and oxycodone are keeping the pain at bay, and we are also grateful for Miralax and Senakot which are necessary components when taking pain killers.
Ben is mostly his jolly humorous self, and while he is not completely resigned to his situation, he sure is loving all the attention! And best of all the medical team has told him he can eat anything at all he wants to eat especially "pleasure foods". Ice cream for breakfast and pecan pie keep him really happy.
He loves company and phone calls, however he does tire easily so we ask for short visits between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm so that he can nap and make his visits to the potty as necessary. Both are important, and we notice he will do neither of these when he has visitors or calls.
His phone number is 678-915-1542, and while he may not remember who you are, he will love to hear your voice and talk about old times. We have noticed dementia and short term memory loss to be increasing drastically. And not too worry if he sounds stoned...he is!