Extended family member went from ER visit to hospice in about 10 days.
Obstruction > surgery>colon resection > CA. Mets. No BM in .... ??? No chemo. Surgeon couldn't get all the tumors.
Full liquid diet....obstruction is going to occur again, it's just a matter of time.
Nobody's pushing po intake, but full liquid is being given. Sips and bites is all the patient is requesting.
Yesterday she wanted some lunch meat. She's a little confused at this point, and my sister kinda distracted her. Right now she's not having Abd pain, N/V, but the only thing she's requested to eat is lunch meat.
Lunchmeat. Such a simple request.
As a med/surg nurse my answer is an emphatic NO!
Would a hospice nurse give the solid food, and risk speeding up the obstruction process?
My father was a hospice pt requesting a smoke days before he died.
This med/surg nurse wouldn't give it to him, and I'm haunted by that choice all these years later.