The Food Tube

30 Sep

When I am 92 years old and I tell you that I do not want to eat, please do not force me. When you shove applesauce and pills into my mouth and I refuse to swallow and you have to suction it all out with the yankauer, please do not force me. When the MD orders a nasogastric tube, a feeding tube into my nose that travels down into my stomach and I pull it out over and over, please do not force me. When I have been in a nursing home for years and there is noone to come and advocate for me, when the doctor is just trying to do his/her job, please do not force me! I am going to keep pulling this tube out over and over again. You will have to restrain me if you really want to feed me like this!

I really felt ridiculous trying to feed a patient that would not talk to me except to say “no”. I mean when is enough, enough?

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