I finished treatment in October, I am 52, and I worked at an active job, lifting boxes moving merchandise, dealing with customers, then I came home and work at cleaning stalls and feeding horses. I only missed a couple of days during treatment. If your husband is in good shape and used to activity it will help, If he is the type that works when he has aches and pains he should make it. Being stubbon helps as well :)
As to food I started losing the desire for some foods at about halfway through, the taste changed, my 'sad thing' was I could not eat spicy food it really burned my tongue. I just tried to eat healthier, more protein, and fruit.
It think this statement says it all "10% have no sides"......'10 % have heavy sides" the other 80 % fall somewhere inbetween.
You sound pretty well informed. As you know, no one can give you a definitive answer. I'm on week 60 of 72 and never missed a day of work, but my job is mental not physical and there were certainly days when I dragged through.
I think some of it depends on whether he becomes anemic. If he avoids that, he may feel bad, but he might be able to shoulder through. If he becomes anemic, it might be physically impossible to do the lifting because he will get physically weaker.
It's very common for the taste buds to be effected by the treatment. For many, it is a trick keeping up your weight and strength. You need to find foods that agree with you. For a while, all I could eat were sweet foods. Anything with salt was disgusting.
One thing to remind yourselves is that the difficulty of the treatment can vary over time. I started out there were no side effects at all and I felt great. Then I hit a wall at about week 10. The next two months were hellish and I thought more than once about quitting. Then, just as I thought things couldn't get any worse, they began to get better. It's still no picnic but it is manageable. So you both should try to shoulder through. It will be tough, but hopefully it will be doable.
This gets a little tricky. Yes, it's different for everyone. I can tell you my personal experience, but it is not a guarantee that your hubby will respond the same. He's a guy, I'm a girl, etc.
I am also G1a.
There is one guy I can think of with a physical job..Rockerforlife, I believe. (I'm on week 17 of treatment..I'm not REALLY sure about much these days. He worked thru the bulk of treatment, tho he lost his job for other reasons.
I would think, if you're a physical person to begin with, it would have to be best for you to remain physical. I hope this is true for your hubby...theres 1 guy who went to the gym every day...I cannot imagine.. Many here continue to work while treating..many never lost a day of work..I am still working, but have bad days & I have lost a few days to treatment.
Food...tho food smells good & I get hungary, I've lost 10 lbs since treating..I was down 15 lbs...and I'm a little thing to begin with. I can't spare the 10 - 15. I don't have much of an apptitie, tho sometimes I can really woof down some food..depends on what it is & who made it, I guess. I don't get a taste for anything..no cravings for something to eat... I'm just eating to get by. I don't enjoy it much.
Again, there are many here who don't have this problem. It will be impossible to predict how hubby will respond. He'll have to jump in & play with the rest of us..I'm afraid there's no other way around it.
I wish the 2 of you the best