My heart aches. We have tried everything. Last Wed., the vets did an endoscopy on James. The camera took photos of his stomach and upper intestines and the soft palate in his mouth. The lymphocytes in his duodenum are dilated and abnormal. Most of your digestion takes place in the duodenum and dilated lymphocytes can disrupt the digestive process. The vets took biopsies and inserted a feeding tube in James’ neck.
I have been feeding James with the feeding tube, hoping that this would help him gain weight. I feed him 3-4 times each day for at least 20 minutes each. The food in the syringe must be the right consistency and temperature. And you have to feed it slowly and start/end with a warm water flush.
Despite my feedings, James is looking thinner and weaker. As I write this, I am waiting for Dr. Tripp to call with the results of the biopsies. My gut hurts and it’s hard to focus.
The sad part is that the osteosarcoma is in remission. I was hoping for some great days after the chemo was all done.
Nancy (James’ Mom)
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