Friday, April 23, 2010

The Good Drugs

Unfortunately, Tyler's mouth pain has continued to increase and he is finding it very difficult to talk or eat.  They hooked him up to the morphine pump yesterday and will be starting TPN (IV nutrition) today.  He continues to try eating a little bit during the day, to keep his system reminded of real food, but it is very hard on him.

With the morphine able to dull some of his pain, he has been sleeping a lot yesterday and today.  I think that is probably the best way for him to cruise through the next couple of days as the pain is at its worst.  They always use a pain scale of 1 to 10 around here, and Tyler says that swallowing is in the 4-5 range, even with morphine.

He is getting a lumbar puncture sometime today, where they will capture some spinal fluid to test it for signs of disease and also inject some methotrexate chemo to make sure no disease can take root in his spinal fluid.


  1. Thank you Mandy for the sorry Tyler is experiencing so much pain., is a blessing that he is sleeping a lot.....My best wishes and prayers to you both...I can only imagine what a difficult time this is and as always you are in our thoughts and prayers...Lynda Loland

  2. You are in my thoughts. Hope you are as comfortable as possible. Pika