You folks are amazing....My dad had colon surgery on August 2, 2007, 20 inches of colon removed due to cancerous polyps and an ileostomy constructed. We had little preparation for that scenerio. He came back from surgery w/o ostomy but 3 days later they operated again constructed the ostomy and left his 10 inch stomach incision open. He remained in the hospital until September 9th....long process of trying to eat, vomiting, NG tube and waiting for the "wake up" of his system. He was doing well with the ileostomy and had completed 6 sessions of chemotherapy and suddenly his ostomy herniated, pushing about 4 inches of his intestine out thru the stoma. So....after an enema and x ray to determine if his colon had healed, last Wednesday he had surgery to remove the stoma and reconnect his small intestine. Well....here's where your wonderful advice comes in and I've been checking out your forum since last September, you all are inspirations, I often give him info that I have read from your posts and you have been incredibly helpful, I wish we had had a lot of the first surgery info while he was in the hospital, we felt we were traveling with little knowledge of where we were going. Anyway, he has been in the hospital since last Wednesday, up on Thursday walking walking walking, some broth and juice on Friday and the morning on Saturday, then....vomiting and the NG tube, and diarrhea started on Saturday night also, pretty much uncontrollable. The NG came out on Sunday, food started on Monday, broth and then a dinner tray containing ravioli, spinach, and garlic bread which I insisted he not eat (by phone as we had left the hospital) Tuesday, cereal, rice, mushroom soup,Tuesday evening again vomitting and again the NG tube. So now it's Wednesday and they are suggesting removing the NG tube again in the morning. My question for you is : What should we do to help him get thru this w/o the NG tube again? He also still has diarrhea. It's been a tough road, he went into the hospital last August a very strong 70 year old and has become a very frail 70 year old. Your thoughts will be greatly appreciated.