Mar 14, 2013 - 1:08 pm
For 4 weeks we've been inquiring about possibility of J getting a feeding tube or J-Peg. The PA for our oncologist always said it was too risky, and I'm too flaky to push. My husband has been in the treatment phase until 10 days ago and unable to eat anything more than a bit of broth or such. They were giving him IV drips for 2 weeks due to dehydration, but nothing to correct the lack of nutrients. Now, due to inability to urinate, etc. and ankle swelling, they have him see the physician himself. OMG, he is suffering from malnutrition and dehydration. Duh. So he's getting daily IVs with vitamins....still nothing for his nutrition in the form of calories or protein. Ankles still swollen with some creeping up above the knees. J has lost some weight, but his muscles are non existent. His heart is a muscle, too, so we have this concern. J has heart disease.
I read all of the posts on this blog and see so many references to feeding tubes and dilations, etc. We see doc today so we are having a discussion with a capital D.
Thanks for any info any of you have regarding this type of situation.