May 28, 2012
Many prayers were answered and all went well for Jack's feeding tube insertion last Friday. He was calm, had no anxiety attack or breathing problems and the procedure went without complications. (Mind you he said "It was no fun", which of course, we weren't expecting it would be) . Here's a picture of us in the recovery room.
The VON nurse is coming daily for awhile to train me in how to care for the tube and how to do the feeds. One of the perks about having the G tube is that he doesn't have to swallow all those pills now every morning. I can crush them and put them in through the tube. We now have a pole and pump and syringes and cans and dressings and saline added to our growing collection of equipment.
Jack is still able to eat orally and the nutritionist is coming to discuss caloric intake and how to balance his oral and tube feeds.
We also decided that it was time for me to get some help and we are now getting one hour of PSW support every morning to assist with morning care and one night a week caregiver relief. This is a huge step for both of us, especially Jack of course, as this is another step, a difficult, humiliating, very personal one, but we trust that God will give him grace to bear this one as well.
Before Jack went in for his procedure, he received this little encouraging message from two of our dear grandchildren who wanted to cheer up Opa.
Aside: My mom did not write this in her update, but I just wanted to mention that today, Monday, May 28 is my Dad's 58th birthday! We are so thankful to God that he is able to celebrate another birthday here with us. Feel free to leave a comment on this blog :) They read each and every one of them!! SB.
Posted by SJB at 7:59 AM