Jul 26, 2004 - 2:31 pm
I am the caregiver for my mom who is in her late 70's. She had surgery on her tongue to remove SCC tumor along with a neck dissection in Dec. 2003. There were mets to two of the nodes so she had 33 radiation treatments from Feb. through March. She had the usual radiation effects, i.e., dry mouth, lots of phlegm, loss of taste, sore throat, etc. She did not get a feeding tube and forced herself to get her shakes down and only lost 4 pounds through this whole thing.
For a while we thought that she was bouncing back as she went out in the yard and planted flowers and had an interest in her house.She had even got herself to church. But in mid June, she began complaining of excessive fatigue and the littlest thing was an effort for her to do. She just wants to lay down and rest. Now she is experiencing lots of phlegm again and is complaining of being "sick to her stomach". Have any of you experienced this delayed fatigue and nausea? What can I do for her? Does it eventually go away? She is starting to get very disgusted and I am afraid that she will just give up.