Friday, July 27, 2012
Feeding Tube...or not?
Here's the scoop for today.Trent is looking great, but still has not been able to eat, so he's getting weaker and weaker. This last walk, he was so unsteady and dizzy. Trent had a real hard day eating due to the severe pain he feels in all his nose etc when he swallows.(This has been an issue since the accident) Dr. Kennedy ordered a feeding tube put in tomorrow. That didn't go over well, as you can imagine. But she took out the nasal packing which seems to have helped the swallowing immensely.(Allows the pressure to equalize when he swallows). THEN Dr. Griffeth came in and said his bite IS off but that happens some so he brought wires and elastics and ended up using elastics to try get his bite to shift. They had to take the muscle off the jaw so that jaw is really disrupted so not surprising. Anyway, he doesn't really think he needs a feeding tube, and he got a syringe and basically fed Trent some chocolate milk thru it. But with the packing out, seems like the pain in his nose with swallowing has lessened, so it went way better than it has been going. So we've ordered several Ensures and are going to give him some hourly thru the night in hopes of staving off the feeding tube.