Mum’s journey back to health was interrupted last week by a small relapse. So she is still in intensive care. Her breathing became much worse and they suspected a clot in her lungs. A scan dismissed this but two chest drains were added to draw off the fluid in her lungs. I was amazed at just how much was drained off. No wonder she couldn’t breathe with all that in there.
And after managing some softer food stuffs last week, it was disappointing when she started being very sick again and not able to keep any food down. This is because the pancreas is still so swollen and angry it wont’t let any food stuffs pass by into the lower stomach to be digested. This time, an NJ tube was inserted to help liquid nutrician reach the lower, less inflamed part of the digestive system. She is still struggling with this and being a bit sick. Her body seems unable to accept any nutrician and I’m worried she might have to go back to being fed intravenously through a line in her neck.
When mum was able to eat a bit of proper food though, I was suprised to hear that the hospital dietician said she could eat whatever she wanted. Of course, this had Mum requesting things like ice cream, chocolate and lucozade. All things that would surely antagonise the pancreas. A quick check online showed that a diet for pancreatitus should avoid sugar caffeine and alcohol, be low fat and low in carbs. I look forward to what else she recommends when mum is back on solid foods again…pizza and chips!?!