What kind of experiences are out there regarding having a good mastery of life, successfully self employeed, good family relationships, healthy personal self care (healthy body weight, good eating habits, physically healthy), strong self perception, and enjoying life; and having that turn around to being surgically beat up, physically altered (radical neck), underweight, tired all the time, chronically mildly neausous, all restorative pleasures on hold, needles, IVs, mask, sunburn, and a tremendous amount of time waiting to see a doctor?
Mark has had one dose of cisplatin and 4 radiation treatments. He has mild neausea but is taking Emend, Zofran, Dexatron and Compazine. No vomiting. He has no swallowing or inner mouth issues yet. I have encountered with him a huge resistance to eating and drinking. I am well aware, and so his he, what dehydration will do. He was told to drink calories, so I have provided vitamin water, ginger ale, all kinds of juices, lemonade, limeade...and protein shakes, I will make them, we will add up the calories and he will drink 1/2.
He has never been sick in his life. His medicine cabinet had not a single bottle of medicine. He says he is doing his best. This is the easy part...there has to a be shift, he has to accept this is a process that is not going to feel good or taste good, and he needs to do it anyway. How do I get him there?
When he gets the PEG I can override some of his resistance. But I am not with him 24 hours a day.