Thursday, April 30, 2009

From January 11

Here's a video from the archives. Max is still at Georgetown, in the high-intensity side of the NICU. This video was taken during the period when Max had his NG tube pushed into his duodenum in an attempt to cut down on his reflux-related aspirations. At the time, these aspirations were seriously damaging his lungs' ability to maintain a high blood oxygen concentration.

Max can be seen pulling at his tube; in fact, later that night he would successfully pull it out.

He pulled out his NG tube here at home a couple of nights ago. Fortunately, placing an NG tube is relatively simple matter. Forcing a tube into the duodenum or further (e.g. into the jejunum) is a more serious matter, requiring skilled nurses, an x-ray and a couple of hours.

I may try placing an ng tube into my own stomach just to see what it's like.