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Old 06-30-2004, 08:45 PM   #1
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Question Father in law recently had surgery and I have questions

Hi all,

I am new here and have some questions. My father in law recently had sugery for colon cancer. He had about 3.5 feet of colon removed. This was about 3 weeks ago. He is now home, but is having problems eating. He has no appetite and nothing tastes good to him. I guess his stomach is upset and very unsettled. He will eat two or three bites of food and that is it. He has lost a lot of weight and has become weak and anemic. He is having a lot of gas and severe gas pains. Everyone is on his case about not eating. Is this a normal side effect of the surgery? My husband was with him when he had his surgery and for about a week after and he was doing okay except for eating. Now, he can barely talk on the phone. He is having trouble breathing and sounds extremely weak. It is difficult for him to talk. We don't know if it is just part of the recovery or depression or a little of both. When he was in the hospital he sounded fine.....no issues breathing. He could talk and carry on a conversation. Now it seems like a huge effort to breathe or make conversation. He just got his staples out and was able to shower today, so he was happy about that. He has a physical therapist coming 3x per week to help him get up and move around and excercise. I think he also has a nurse to check in on him each day. He is upset though becuz no one will leave him alone with the eating. He is a bad patient! LOL It is hard becuz we live 12 hours away, so can't help him out with this. He is going to have chemo, but they are waiting until he has healed up and gets his strength back. I guess the recovery process is a long road. I would appreciate any advice or suggestions. This is all new to us and very frustrating.
Thanks!!!!