Hello all, I'm new, wish I'd found this place sooner!
I have a couple of questions I'd like to ask about my mum. She was diagnosed with mouth cancer in July of this year. She underwent surgery on the 19th August (forgive me if I don't know all the correct terminology) but it was a 12 hour operation involving removing lymph nodes ear to ear, a flap from her wrist and she lost some of her tongue.
She was very poorly and had to be taken back to theatre the following day due to a blood clot in her neck which made her head swell to unbelievable proportions. She was under for a further 6 hrs and spent a week in HDU and a further 6/7 weeks in hospital.
My main concern s at the moment are, she is still being fed via PEG and can only manage liquids,her speech is significantly poor and she is still over producing saliva which she finds difficult to swallow.
I'm worried that this won't improve and she'll be on the peg indefinitely.
A major concern is it has severely affected her short term memory which is getting worse not better. We have been told this is due to the stress of the op but could it be due to lack of oxygen when the blood clot formed in her neck?
She has just started radiotherapy and is on her 8th session. It's safe to say that she's a shell of what she was prior to the surgery and has had the most difficult time. (She's 75)
Thank you for reading, I hope I've posted in the right place, any thought are welcome.