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    Hi, looking for input on my father’s condition. He’s having trouble eating solids due to difficulty with swallowing. Been drinking milk and Ensure, bananas and milk etc. That causes bathroom problems however. Barely able to keep up daily calorie minimums and he’s already very thin at 140 lbs. He’s 72 and has had latent MDS for years but worsened last 3 months. No transplant but just started round 3 Chemo so we are hopeful that helps things. Many complications and side effects, including Petechiae, enlarged spleen, recent leg infection (although that seems abated), swollen feet. All blood counts very low, with platelets routinely around 7 – 10. Has transfusions and platelets twice a week. Very tired all the time.
    But the swallowing baffles me and I’d appreciate any insights.
    Thank you.

    Amy Clark

    I am sorry to be late in replying. We have not had any experience with swallowing problems as a side effect of the meds my husband has taken, but would encourage you to contact your father’s doctor. With your father’s platelets being so low and his transfusions being so frequent, you are likely concerned that these are all symptoms of disease progression and end of life issues. Hopefully that is not the case, but you obviously care enough about him to find out if there is something else that can be done or how to help him from this point on. He is blessed to have you by his side. God bless you.

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