This week is Feeding Tube Awareness Week! Some may know this and others may not, but when I was at my sickest around this time last year, I had a feeding tube that went through my nose and down into my intestines. Because I was so sick, it was painful to eat and not everything I ate stayed down. It helps to stabilize my nutrition by letting my stomach and intestines rest for a little while, while still getting adequate nutrition. Many of my medications were given through the tube too, especially when I was at Mayo and couldn't swallow properly.
Even though I absolutely hated the two tubes I've had (they made my throat so sore and the techs always put it in my airway by accident), I'm grateful that they've helped me through this rough patch and they allow many of my friends to "eat" too!
But hey, an excuse to suck on red jolly ranchers!
I am a 20 year old junior at the college of my dreams. I am studying Emergency Medicine and Communication Rhetoric and minoring in the Administration of Justice and National Preparedness and Emergency Management certificate. At some point, I want to go and get my paramedic certification when my health allows. I have several chronic illnesses and this blog and website serves as a place for me to share my journey fighting CRPS and my other conditions. I hope that this blog can also serve as an outlet for raising awareness for rare diseases. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy! Feel free to comment; I'd love to know what you think!