My 87 year old mother is in the end stages of Parkinson's. She was doing relatively well but suffered a fall on Christmas. She also has a history of compression fractures due to osteoporosis and ended up with back surgery to relieve her pain. Prior to her fall, she was ambulatory with a walker and one-one assistance. Because of the fall, she lost all use of her legs, both feeling and mobility. Before her fall her appetite was very good and she was able to eat almost everything. Her appetite decreased progressively and as of now she is virtually eating bird bites. The doctor wants to insert an NG feeding tube to try and help her get her appetite back. I am at a loss because I don't know if all of this is due to her end stage Parkinson's. We will probably be inserting the tube tomorrow but what happens in a week or two? I'm told this type of feeding tube is only temporary. Her swallowing isn't great but okay. Her lack of appetite seems more a loss of interest. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.View Thread
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