Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Feeding Tube

I had a checkup yesterday and I know I posted last week I was having trouble gaining the weight back that I had lost.  Well, it's been too long without any weight gain.  Actually I lost even more weight (72 lbs) so it has come time for a feeding tube.  I mentally prepared myself for this all last week because it's obvious I am too thin and it's making me really weak, so I'm okay with it.  It was not a shock and I think actually it will be a good thing because it will take some pressure off of me to keep trying to gain weight.  So tomorrow my lung surgeon is putting a peg in, which is this little tube that comes out of your belly and you hook it up at night to get hopefully 1,000 extra calories a day.  It's also really nice of my surgeon to be doing this for me, I'm pretty sure a transplant surgeon isn't normally spending his days putting in simple feeding tubes.  Hopefully this will help me gain some weight and feel stronger.  I've never had one of these before, so I am a tiny bit nervous but it's totally necessary at this point I just can't consume enough calories to offset the amount my lungs are using up.  I'll document the feeding tube process and share it with all of you as I learn : )  

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