Special note by mom: As a parent, we were really 'freaked out' when the NICU doctors took us in a room and explained that Luke would need a gtube. What? we asked? What in the world is this about?!
At any rate, after an in depth explanation of what this was and why..we realized that in order to give the proper nutrition to our son...we had no choice. He simply could not suck/swallow without aspirating. He wanted to eat...KEEP THIS MIND...but it went down the wrong way. Aspirating means= going down to the lungs versus the esophagus.
Please, please hear me parents. It's NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL. Trust me when I tell you...it's not! This surgery is performed worldwide with literally zero side affects. It's amazing! And..it saved our sons' life.
If you at all feel embarrassed by this, or have to surrender that your child is 'special'. Then, your not alone. We all go through it. However, when the rubber meets the road, you are the child's only voice. KEEP YOUR CHILD HEALTHY. Everyone will embrace it. And..the ones that don't...'know not what they are even looking at'. They are looking at the most amazing miracle created by man. (well, in my opinion..by God..) But, simply put..take advantage of the medical miracles that God whewed man to create to preserve life.
Much love....Andrea (mom to Luke)
PICTURE OF THE GTUBE
PICTURE OF THE EXTENSTION THAT FEEDS THE BABY THRU THE GTUBE