Sunday, October 11, 2015
The Naso-Gastric Tube Experience
First of all, it is a thick hard piece of plastic that one can feel quite painfully in both the nose and the back of the throat. Then there is the gross factor. Well meaning people visit you in the hospital and are confronted with unattractive green liquid rushing out your nose into a large container filled with similar looking material. No one wants to hear that everyone's gastric juices look like this. All they know is that yours do. My youngest son thought that I had a ready made Hallowe'en costume without even trying. Then there is the fact that the tube is heavy and there is no built in accommodation for this--if you let it swing free, your nose will be a wreck in no time, and hospital gowns do not have a pocket for the tube. Such an oversight. So the whole experience, while medically necessary, is an unpleasant one. And don't get me started on having it replaced if it is pulled but then they decide that you actually still need it. That is the stuff of nightmares.