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Hi my mom went to er last night with very bad nausea. they gave her nausea meds and took a ct scan of her stomach. showed she had bowel obstruction so they had to put her in hospital. they put atube down her throat to drain some of that stuff that was in her. now she had surgery seems to be recovering ok. I am just upset that nurses seem lazy to take her for a walk.she had to ask and then nurse said even to sit in a chair is good. she kind of seemed annoyed that I pointed out importance to walk and keep her blood flowing and get her stronger. she felt good when she did take a 5 min walk in hall. my ques is she still had tube they put down her throat. doc said is gonna leave it there til she has a bowel movement. her stomach feels a little sore which I know is comon as she had lasaresteric surgery not sure how to spell it but the one that uses laser. my ques is I read that she should be on a dirt of soups and soft foods but she hasn't been given any ofood yet she is just on ivtubes down her throat which is very uncmfy for her. is this right that the docs are doing that? Shouldn't she be getting food in her so she can be able to use bathroom? pls advise thank u

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Dear Linda,

First, you are correct. Walking is much better than sitting in a chair as long as the person is up to it. As far as the nasogastric tube, it is kept in place until the patient passes gas through the rectum or has a bowel movement. Food is withheld until one or both of these things occur as well. Passing gas or having a bowel movement shows us that the swelling has subsided and peristalsis, which is the movement within the large intestine, has returned. At the right time the tube will be removed and your mom will be allowed to eat. Hope this helped.  

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GENERAL SURGERY Intestinal obstructions; Perforations; Ostomy; End ileostomy; Hemicolectomy; Take down ileostomy; Ostomy reversals; Diverticulitis; Chrohns Disease; Appendectomy; Cholecystectomy (gallbladder); Ventral hernia repair; Inguinal hernia repair; Umbilical hernia repair; Chest tubes; Pleurex catheters; Lobe-ectomy; Pneumonectomy; Thoracotomy; Pleuradesis; Thyroid surgery; Mastectomy; Lumpectomy LAPAROSCOPIC - LAPAROTOMY - LAPAROSCOPIC ASSISTED

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My name is Dr. Cipriano. I am a Hospitalist on the Medical Staff. I round, admit, discharge, consult and assist with surgeries in the OR. I manage patients in the ICU and Med/Surg floors. I also work in the emergency department. I am certified critical care nurse (CCRN). And ACLS certified. I

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Society of Hospital Medicine American College of Nurse Practitioners Connecticut Advance Practice Registered Nurse Society

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Maryville University 2014-2016 Doctor of Nursing Practice University of Connecticut 2007-2011 MSN, Acute Care Track Nurse Practitioner. Board Certified September 2011 Central Connecticut State University 2002-2006 BA Psychology St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing 1991-1993 Diploma Nursing Registered Nurse

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