Thursday, May 21, 2009

Gastrostomy Tube (G Tube)

While she's learning to eat, Seraph will still be fed through a tube.  Instead of an NJ tube (which goes through her nose), she'll have a G tube which goes right into her stomach.

They'll put this in while they're doing the Nissan.

After she learns to eat, they'll take it out and it'll quickly heal up. (Time wise, it'll depend on her...but I expect it'll take years to catch up on swallowing, etc)

Because it will be under her onsies, Angel won't be able to pull it out!  So, Angel and Seraph will be able to play together all the time :) 

She'll still be on oxygen, but we're very excited to get the food tube out of her nose.  Her gag reflex will calm down.  We won't have tape her face up so much.  We won't have so many late night visits to the hospital to get the tube replaced.

At first, she'll still be on continuous feeds.  But in a few months, we'll be able to switch her to eating every 3-4 hours during the day. She'll have more freedom.....which is good because she's getting closer to sitting up....and crawling won't be that far behind.

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