Oct 31, 2011 - 10:23 am
My 64 year old father just had robotic surgery to remove a tumor. He has been strong and positive since he was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer the weekend of father's day. He went through the radiation and chemo with minimal issues. (Not easy, scary moments, but we got through that.) The expected 6-8 hour surgery lasted 8 1/2 hours and he did not come out of it well. Took them three hours to get him to breath on his own. Thank the Lord, he was out of the hospital a week after the surgery. (Had a tough first weekend with fevers and infection, but we got through that.) Now, its two weeks after he has been home. He an eat anything, as long as it is soft and can slide down his throat, but in little amounts. We are trying to get him to have 2000 calories a day, but he is only averaging 1500. No energy to get out an walk probably as much as he should. What is normal? Do we push for him to take walks? do we push him to eat more food? (Egg nog and boost gets old fast...) We see improvements every day, but when there isn't such a good day, we don't know what went wrong. Not enough exercise or not enough food? Or is he not resting enough? Or too much? We think he is doing great, but we are not sure...