Mzstylz wrote:my dad was diagnosed with ms over 8 years ago .. he has not dealt with this at all . it feels like his just given up ... he wont do his exercises he hates going out .. because he feels like his to unstable to go out .. he has cut out most of our family .. his firends are almost gone .. in the last year his condition has worsen due to him just giving up .. my dads only 47 years old .. but he just wont leave the house .. his become a hermit ... i'm so lost on what i can do for him ... please help me !!!! im scared my whole family is falling apart ... an that im losing my dad ..
Over the years, some of my friends have drifted away as well. I can no longer do the things we used to do like hiking, skiing or bicycling. Other friends tend to fill in some of the gaps though. My recommendation would be to spend some time with your dad. What does he like to do? If he likes to garden, help him out in the yard since it's Spring. If that's not possible due to his physical condition, just sit with him and play some cards, e.g., cribbage, poker or whatever he likes. Maybe you could cook him dinner one night. After a few visits like this, suggest going out to do something. Don't get upset if he doesn't want to go out. Just suggest something else. Be patient. It may take some time to effect a change. In the meantime, be supportive.