I'm so sorry your dad is having to go through this.
I know all too well what he is going through, because I went into the hospital on March 12th with a small bowel obstruction.
Mine was caused by scar tissue from my proctocolectomy surgery a year and a half ago. I also had an NG tube in, which was no fun. We waited a week to see if it would correct itself, but mine didn't, so I had to have surgery to fix it.
When the surgeon went in, she said that the scar tissue had completely strangled about
1/2" of my small intestine, and there was no way it was going to
open up on its own. Once the surgery was done, I was able to start introducing liquids and soft foods again. It was great to be able to eat and drink again after not being able to for 11 days!
I hope his small bowel
opens up on its own and that he does not have to have surgery, but if he does, it will be okay. It takes just a few weeks to recover from it. My surgeon wanted to do the surgery laparoscopically, which would have been a shorter recovery time, but ended up having to make a larger incision.
My advice to him would be to hang in there and try to stay positive. It's very frustrating to not be able to eat or drink while waiting for things to
open up. Bring him some hard candies to suck on and tell him that it's okay to ask the nurse for some ice water to rinse his mouth out with. Even if he swallows a little, the NG tube will suck it right back out. It feels so good to have some cold water in your mouth and the flavor of butterscotch (or whatever flavor he likes) as a snack.
I hope that helps, and please keep us posted on how he's doing.
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)