Hey, y'all. My dad is 79 yrs young. He went in for a colon resection, and the next day he was in icu for sepsis and pneumonia. Fast forward 5 days and we find out is pseudomonas, so the antibiotics he was on were resistant. He was also diagnosed with ARDS. Two days later he's on life support and in a medically induced coma. This lasted 11 days. He spent 2 days in icu after removing the tube to make sure his body could handle it and is now out of icu and in a room. He's seems so confused a lot of the time, sleeps a lot, and has trouble swallowing water/liquids. He even has troupe if we thicken his liquids. His throat is still sore from the breathing tubeMy mom is staying in the room with him. He's tried to get out of the bed, and, later tried to remove the the straps off of his legs for the dvt machine. For about a day he ate very little, and now is refusing to eat. I've tried yogurt, pudding, diced peaches, oatmeal cream pie cookies, ice cream, etc. He may take a couple bites then he through. One of his drs has told him if he doesn't try to eat he will end up in a nursing home which scares me. (My twin brother and I have always told our parents that we would do our best to keep them out of nursing homes.) Our mom is completely beside herself, as are we, but we don't know how to help him. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.
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