Jun 15, 2013 - 12:15 am
My dad, Glenn, has never been a smoker or a drinker... he was recently diagnosed with Squamous Cell Cancer. To say the least we were all in a state of shock when he was diagnosed. The location is in his neck and back of the throat. (HPV) He has been in Radiation treatments for three weeks, he has three more weeks to go. He has had two Chemo treatments and is done with them. He has Radiation everyday Monday thru Friday, twice on Thursdays. Since he began treatments he has been 100% against getting the feeding tube. He was very sure in his ability to be the exception to the rule when it came to being able to eat and drink while getting treatments... he is quickly learning that what all the Dr's and nurses were telling him about the level of difficulty would be, is certainly holding true. He did "okay" the first three weeks, drinking water, ensure and carnation breakfasts and also eatting puddings, scrammbled eggs and some soups. His last Chemo treatment was this past Tuesday and it threw him for a loop! He is not eatting or drinking anything much to speak of... he said he can swallow fine but when food or water is in his mouth, it gags him. Everything tastes aweful. He has no slyvia and finds it very difficult to get anything down. He is on nausea meds and oxycodone, has magic mouthwash and biotene toothpast. I am getting very concerned for him and his non eatting. As expected, his white blood cells are dropping rapidly. He has lost about 25 pounds in the past three weeks, has become very tired and weak. He drives to and from treatments, a little over an hour way... each way. He is 59 years old, has MS and Sugar and suffers from depression. Please offer any helpful information you can share. I am his primary caregiver and I live 3 hours away from him. I go see him as much as I can, I went to his initial Dr's appt, I have went to both of his Chemo treatments and I call and text him several times a day. To top it all off, if being honest... I found out two weeks ago that he is also a hoarder. His hoarding issue is not material items, its trash: water bottles, newpapers, used paperplates... items that anyone else would just throw away. We have been to his house the past two weekends literally throwing everything out. He has two dogs that lay on the furniture and the house was absolutely filthy with dog hair, trash and mouse poop. Im very concerned about his immune system. We are still in the process of cleaning his house and still trying to work our full time jobs and care for him. He also has a wood burning stove in the house that has made the house filthy with suit. Please give me any advise you may be able to give. I can take care of the house and cleaning... I want to try and find something/anything to help him be more comfortable so he can eat and drink so he doesn't have to have the feeding tube placed. He will not allow the feeding tube. Thank you in advance.