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!