Symptom Management - LittleBean

Symptom Management Associated with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal Cancer. Posted on April 2, 2016 View this journey (4 Experiences)

I'm having such a hard time waiting to see the specialist. My husband is so nauseous from the pain meds (even with gravol) that he won't eat almost at all. His bowel is almost fully obstructed and he is scared to eat because a) it causes pain and b) he is afraid of blocking fully. It's been a week of seeing him puke constantly and not eat anything but bits of fruit. I want to cry.

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  • chrismorr's Avatar
    chrismorr

    My own opinion is that you should call this specialist again and inform them that you will need to take your husband to the ER, if they can't get to him in a timely fashion. Fluids are the most important nutrient at this point, can he manage plenty of those ? Perhaps you can get him to try yogurts, jello, fruit in the jello, ice pops, etc. The fruit is wonderful, I take in the gelatin with fruit that you can buy directly from the market. God bless you ... hard times !

    about 3 years ago
  • LittleBean's Avatar
    LittleBean

    Thanks for the answer, Chris. I have definitely been pushing fluids. I have bought a juicer and have been trying to get him to drink the juices ive made. I also buy the 100% fruit juice drinks for him. Hes not a fan of water at all :( Ill make some jello & grab some popsicles too!! Great ideas :)

    about 3 years ago
  • abrub's Avatar
    abrub

    If there is a possibility that your husband has a bowel obstruction, then get him in for medical care (the ER) and get it addressed.

    about 3 years ago
  • chrismorr's Avatar
    chrismorr

    LittleBean, I think the fact that this doc is not in a rush to get your husband in for treatment is very odd. I find that when I have my chemo infusion, I don't want anything, not water or fluids or whatever. But I can manage jello, don't know why but I'll take it with the fruit or plain jello. When I'm a little better, I can usually manage some of the Knox Blocks. These pass easily through the digestive system, so your husband might try them. Fingers crossed !

    about 3 years ago
  • Skyemberr's Avatar
    Skyemberr

    I have been in his shoes. I was admitted to hospital for an emergency colostomy, and then life started to get better! I was petrified about getting the temporary colostomy but it was so worth it.

    He will probably end up in hospital if he's not there already to get a colostomy. He may find that being obstructed for so long leaves him with some food aversions. It's hard to eat. Your body thinks it's going to get sick like before when you think of our smell certain foods. I have had to colostomy through chemo and am hopefully getting ready to have it out when the tumor comes out. Still, I'm drinking a lot of boost to keep my muscle mass. Try to be patient with him. His brain may keep telling him he can't eat certain things for awhile. Good luck !!

    about 3 years ago

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