hey ER,, too bad about
your brother.. i was in the same exact boat a little over 10 years ago. they are probably giving him insulin now untill his body adjusts to the sugar in his tpn, i think i had to do it for about
6-7 months. i have just about
80cm of small bowel and less than 1/2 my colon. been septic 3 times. it does a number on ya...
i doubt this will ever come up in your nursing studies so dont sweat it. they may spend an hour on TPN . ( i know lots of nurses
).. like most big life changes, it will take some getting used too. and its not for sure a 'for life" thing. intestinal rehab is a big thing now and only getting better also transplants are getting more frequent and lasting longer. so in 10-15 years it could be a good possibilty. so like him im a picky eater as well, he will find what he tolerates and what he doesnt.at least with his whole colon he can absorb more fluids than me so he may be able to get his TPN total fluid down when his body adjusts. and it will in time.. if you have some specific questions email me from the members profile page..