Deon is fed through a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube, which goes through his abdominal wall directly into his stomach.
Every day he gets one litre of Fresubin 1200 Complete (a high protein nutritional supplement) via a feed pump and tube into the PEG tube at 60 ml per hour until it is finished. This takes almost 17 hours. Thankfully at this stage, with motivation from the dietician, his medical aid paying for the Fresubin as well as the feed lines for the feed pumps.
Once a month Bernice sets aside some time and gets out her blender. She makes a big batch of juice from fresh vegetables and fruit, and he is given 300ml of this daily.
Into the blender go the following:
Cucumbers x 8
Celery x 8 bunches
Spinach x 8 bunches
Carrots x 10 kg
Red apples x 2 packs
Broccoli x 6 packs
Beetroot approx. 12
Garlic x 2
Ginger pieces x 3
The quantity may vary slightly, depending on how juicy the ingredients are – sometimes the vegetables are very dry and so she needs to use more to obtain the correct amount. Nine litres is needed for a 30-day period.
Bernice bottles and freezes the juice in small quantities, and adds one teaspoon each of
turmeric and cinnamon each day, as well as a teaspoon of ground mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, linseed and flaxseed). Ground mixed nuts should ideally also be added to the mix, but due to price, they have been unaffordable for a while
Extra fluids are also given to make up the 2.520 litres he needs, including the above feeds, over a 24 hour period