Today’s Topic: Sometimes you just have to laugh: Tubie humor – we all have those funny tube feeding moments, what are yours?
Laughter really is the best medicine. Many will learn about our story and think “Oh man, they have it rough” and wonder how we carry on. Braxton is so happy and full of life, love and laughter – so is our home. Joseph is probably the funnier one of the two of us and he definitely makes it his job to make sure we are laughing. I can remember some of our most difficult times during our NICU stay or at the first genetics appointment (genetics can be pretty scary) and there was Joseph cracking jokes. As much as I wanted to be sad, mad, or anything but happy – I couldn’t help but smile and laugh. He may have the gift, but sometimes funny just happens around here. Especially when it comes to feeding Braxton!
- Nothing funnier than shooting food across the room. When we feed Braxton with the syringe, sometimes a little air gets in and to get it out, you turn the syringe upside down so the air is at the tip and you LIGHTLY press the end of the plunger until the air is all out. Welllllll….sometimes if you push too much, food shoots out and gets all over everything! I’ve shot food from the kitchen across the living room and yes, even up to the ceiling. I was feeding Braxton once and went to get air out of the syringe and ended up shooting food in the air and naturally, what goes up must come down…it landed all over Braxton. Poor kid had food streaked across his face and in his hair. As frustrated as I was, I just had to laugh as I reached over for the wipes to clean him off. [Actually, this has happened multiple times…oops]
- When I started the blended diet I made some pretty stupid mistakes. The first time I got through the ENTIRE blending process and started measuring out the bottles. On my third one I realized I didn’t even add the infant cereal to the blend. I had to pour all the food back in the blender, add the cereal, blend and then re-measure. Geez louise!
- I also thought it was a good idea to prepare Braxton’s food while I was half asleep. The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of olive oil. I had the measuring spoon in one hand and the oil in the other…I tipped the bottle of oil to measure out what I needed annnnnd tipped a little too far and there was oil all over the place.
- If anyone heard some of the things we say in our house they’d think we’re crazy – “Welp, we fed the bed again.” [Braxton’s tubing somehow detached – or we never attached it – and got formula all over the bed….ugh], “Braxton, come here so I can tuck your tail in!” [Trying to catch Braxton to tuck his tubing in so it doesn’t rip out, “Ugh I wish you had a g-tube!” [Fighting Aileen, our non-tubie, to take her meds and secretly wishing she had a tube so I could avoid the fight], “Braxton is leaking all over the place!” [medicine port opened up, or forgot to clamp the tubing and the port opens and gets food all over], “What do you mean there’s no flow!?” [Yelling at the feeding pump for giving me an error message when I KNOW the clamp is open and there are no kinks in the line..oh, wait…actually, I never opened the clamp.] the list goes on….we’ve found ourselves saying some pretty odd things
- Trying to troubleshoot why you can’t push food through the tube and you check the line, reposition the child, check the line again, press the syringe, check the line again and finally realize you never opened the clamp. It’s also fun when you forget to open the clamp, push on the syringe and the pressure shoots the extension off and formula splashes back at your face. *sigh* yes, it’s happened. More than once.
- Me: “We really should donate this formula that we aren’t going to use anymore.” Joseph: “Hellll nahhh, we need to be prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse” — haha we’ll all be living off Compleat Pediatric Formula if that ever happened. We’ve got quite the stock pile now.
- Driving all the way to the babysitter’s house, go to give her a refresher course on how to feed and say “so you connect this red tip to this extension — where’s the extension? Ughhhh we left it at home.” Driving all the way back home and back to the sitter…”Ok let’s try this again.” — I have extra supplies stashed in the car now.
I’m sure there are more, but you get the idea. You can always find a reason to laugh even in the most difficult situations. Don’t underestimate the power of laughter, and more importantly don’t be afraid to laugh through a tough situation. It’s often difficult to see how this could be funny later, but trust me, it will be.
Thank you all so much for following along with me this week during Feeding Tube Awareness Week!! I appreciate each and every one of you who shared any of our posts and helped to bring awareness about feeding tubes! We can help to raise awareness all year long though! Please continuing sharing our story and the resources we blog about, you never know who it might help. If we can help even one person along this journey, then we are completely grateful.
For all of this week’s post, click here. Happy Feeding Tube Awareness Week!