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Needing help with mom & eating was posted 07/31/1999 12:46 am by Scotty
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Mom is two weeks home from her complete Whipple; she's been home about a week. She has always been a go getter managing everything, excellent health never misses work and now WHAM she is hit with PC and major surgery all in less that three weeks. She is restless and feeling discouraged and afraid because she feels she should be feeling better already. She has some appetite and is trying many foods but some days does not eat much at all. Her partner is concerned that she eat more since she was thin before surgery and lost about 20 lbs so far.He is very worried and asked what I thought he should do. I encouraged him to let her know he is available to get her what she feels like eating and keep foods she likes available but not create a big issue or power struggle over eating especially if she is feeling depressed. Is this correct? I also reminded them both that she had major surgery and that takes a long time to recover from at least more than two weeks. I believe it is more typically 4 - 6 weeks according to what I have read. I also tried to help her feel in control and empowered and reminded her that this is a time to rest and heal and the more she focus on feeling good the sooner she will. I also told her partner if he believed she were dehydrated or losing weight than to call her doctor. Does anyone know more about this issue? Was I correct in my approach or should we be trying more to force her to eat? I live across the country so right now all I can do is talk to her. I will be ther in a week so any ideas on how to make each bite of food count for weight gain and nutrients I would very much appreciate the info. Thanks for all the ongoing support. Scotty

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