How do lifestyle factors and exposure to environmental substances affect our cancer risk?
by daddysgirl77 on Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:00 AM
by Chagaman on Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:00 AM
by emmad on Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:00 AM
I hope things are going better. Feeding tubes are very hard for anyone to adjust to, my mother lived with one for 6 years (she had Parkinson's) so when my husband at age 53 was faced with it for his head and neck cancer, he was willing to go for it. But, the reality of it is very hard. He had it for only 5 months and pushed the docs to take it out when he was able to eat some solids. In your dad's case, the lack of preparation for it makes it doubly hard and some people can't muster the optimism or whatever to accept a feeding tube. It's easy for the rest of us to say, get used to it, the alternative is no good or other non helpful things. reality is, it is his body that has been assaulted and men especially have a hard time with the loss of control that illness deals them. for the rest of our family and friends, it is a challenge to be able to socialize apart from food and when you have a feeding tube you don't like to sit at the table and pass the food around and not be able to have any so you can get isolated from your loved ones... with the dry mouth issues, there are lots of things to try, my hsb didn't get much help with anything prescribed and it just seemed to take time. Good luck,
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