Dec 08, 2009 - 7:47 pm
My mother finished her rounds of radiation and chemo two weeks ago. All seemed to be going great the last session of chemo really did her in. She says the pain in her esophagus if she tries to swallow is on a scale of 1-10 a 14. This is from a woman who has a real high tolerance for pain. Her doctor has given her liquid codeine as she waits to hear about a surgery date. She is down to 107 lbs on a 5'3" frame. It is scary to see her! She is feeding herself on the bag but says she can only take about 4 oz. every few hours. The concoction she makes for herself cannot be too thick or it won't pass through the tube. If the mixture is too rich (ice cream, etc)it makes her feel sick and vomit. Her doctor said she could check herself into the hospital and get into "pain management". I think that means lying in a hospital bed with a morphine drip? She won't do that.
Does anyone have suggestions on the following:
I read all of your posts and even though I do not write much, it really helps in the Hope department.