Mar 13, 2001 - 9:08 pm
My mother recently had her entire stomach removed, spleen and part of her esophogus. She currently has a drain and attached drain bag and a J tube for feeding. She cannot have anything by mouth and hasn't since her surgery on Jan. 10, 2001. Does anyone have a similar experience? Have you ever been able to eat and drink again? If yes, how long did it take? Is there anyone out there who cannot eat or drink again and must survive on the feeding tube nutrition? How are you dealing with this, especially when around others that can eat? Can you tell me how I can help my mother get motivated to regain her strength, get over her depression, and feel good that she was able to have the surgery and has a second chance to enjoy the rest of her life? How can I cope with the fact that my mother can last either 6 months or 5 Plus years without it totally absorbing me. I am in tears quite often. I am frightened for my mother and upset about the possibility of loosing her. I could go on and on, but I will await anyone's comments, advice and experiences.