Our paediatrician has finally gave into Raphael’s stubborn feeding problems and ordered him to hospital too have a Nasogastric tube (NGT) insertion and setting up a night time feeding regime.
Thursday, 30 November 2006
Tuesday, 28 November 2006
This time it went well. Tube in, down to x-ray, short wait, the correct radiologist was there (phew) and the barium swallow was done with the appropriate x-rays. The result was even good news (not something that we were used to getting). There was no communication found between the oesophagus and the trachea.
Friday, 24 November 2006
Saturday, 18 November 2006
Thursday, 16 November 2006
We went into a treatment room and wrapped Raphael up in a blanket to immobilise his hands and then the procedure began. She measured the length of tube that she would need, lubricated the end of it and then slid it up his nose and slowly down the back of his throat. Of course he wasn’t very keen on this and thrashed his head from side to side (oops, I was supposed to be holding his head firmly to stop that). The poor boy gagged and choked and coughed and of course this made it all the more harder for the nurse to get the tube inserted. Finally it was over and the tube was tested to make sure it was in his stomach by sucking some bile out and testing it on some litmus paper.
Finally when we got to x-ray a puzzled radiologist asked us if we knew why he was asked to perform this procedure as the order from the paediatrician specified a particular radiologist was to perform the x-rays. He was very nice and very apologetic of the obvious administrative error that had occurred. After a phone call to our paediatrician, he confirmed that it would not be worth him performing the test. He informed us that his specialities were livers, kidneys, breasts, and penises and if we ever needed x-rays for these then he would be the man to see but the last paediatric barium swallow that he did was a long time ago and he would not be confident that he would be the best person to perform the procedure on Raphael. We agreed and were very civil about the whole thing, but afterwards Annie and I had a good rant to each other about the time that I had to take off work and the pain my boy had to suffer for no reason.
Friday, 10 November 2006
Wednesday, 8 November 2006
He said that if more information was required on his condition then it might be necessary to see a paediatric ENT Doctor (possibly in Melbourne) but he was going to let the paediatrician decide on whether there was any value in doing this.