Sep 04, 2012 - 4:25 pm
I really need some advice for my 78yr old father who is 10 months post-op esophegectomy. He came home with a j-tube and continuous feed pump. Had that taken out 7 months ago. Has gone from 150 pounds to 110 pounds. Very frail, very weak. I live 1500 miles away and was counting on family closer by to monitor him ans assist and was given a different store than what I have now come to see in person with this visit. I have talked with him about his body starving and have point blank said if he does not do something...feeding tube or some program to gain weight and regain some health he will die. After 3 days he has now agreed to accept help whether be j tube again I do not know. He was adamently refusing the tube and continuous feeds so I have suggested bolus feedings. Takes very little by mouth and very uncomfortable after eating. Revisited surgeon at the Mayo Hosp last week who states surgery was a success and he is fine. Ok surgery may have been a success in her eyes but my father is NOT fine. He is a skeleton and starving. We go to gastro dr next week. I have extended my stay in hopes to get him on a nutrional program. Here's my questions...will the jtube be best option with bolus feeds since he refuses continuous pump? Other idea was a suggestion made to me of drinking 2Cal which I was told would be 2oz at a time high calorie for someone who can not tolerate large volume at one time. Problem I see with this is nausea and he hates sweets. I am pushing for the j tube. Any suggestions welcome.