Jun 02, 2012 - 2:04 pm
I am hoping to get some advice regarding j tubes. I have never heard mention of this from any of the doctors my dad has seen over this past year, but I keep reading about them here. At this point, dad is 2 weeks out from 20 whole brain rad treatments. He was hospitalized 3 weeks ago with pneumonia, and has been home for 2 weeks. My family is now living with him as he cannot do anything for himself, at least not what he would need to be able to do to safely live alone. The pneumonia has cleared up, but whether because of the radiation, the brain tumors, the tumor on his esophagus, or a combination of all those, he has extreme fatigue and weakness and zero appetite. He forces himself to eat, and since I'm the one making his food, I try and make sure it is calorie dense. But he keeps losing weight, seemingly regardless of how much he eats. I don't know how much more weight he can lose. The doctor seemed concerned, but only told me to let him eat whatever he wants, blood sugar levels be damned. (Not really, he is on meds for that as well, but they'd rather see him eat than not.) So I guess my question is, should I be lobbying for a j tube? How does all that work?