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My 99 year old grandma has been relatively healthy and disease free her whole life but just due to natural old age, she has been bed ridden for the last 15 years. Her mind is very sharp and clear but her body is just unable to keep up.
She will often have a couple times a year her ups and downs where it seems like she might be going but always got better again. This time though, it seems like it could be it. She hasn't been able to eat for the past week and she's only been able to take very small sips of water fed to her by spoon. She says she doesn't want anything to eat because it upsets her stomach (stomach pain) and it pains a lot to swallow...something about her mouth or tongue is going. She's unable to speak now but she can fully understand and hear what we say to her.
If she is only going to sip small spoons of water a day and nothing else, even a young and healthy human would eventually die due to lack of nutrition/energy. She's been hanging on for the last 7-9 days like this and I kept asking family couldn't we just give her some nutrients intravenously? Isn't there a way to feed her nutrients either by injection or through liquid that has more nutrition than just water?
They said something about her her vein is too small doctors would not be able to find it and inject anything. Is this true? Is there really no way to feed her some nutrients to give her body a chance to recover or get better? She seems like she is only dying because she simply isn't eating anything. Any advice would be helpful!
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