Yesterday Alicia had her feeding tube placed. The surgery went really well and she is feeling pretty good. She did have to stay overnight at the hospital but that was expected.
The feeding tube will only be used if/when her throat becomes too irritated from radiation to eat by mouth. Until that point she is able to eat normally. Once she is to the point of needing to tube feed it is a fairly simple matter of using a syringe to put formula directly into her stomach.
As of now radiation is set to start next week, while that will be difficult, it is also short term. Seven weeks, 35 treatments...
If anyone has any questions, post them in the comments...Thanks!