I Got a Tube Shoved Up My Nose

That’s okay with me I’ll cry later on

nasal-passageway

Last week a kindly doctor performed an act upon my body so vile, so heinous, so . . . anatomically bizarre that I can only call it rape. Rape of the nose.

Remember my goiter? Well, my thyroid doctor thinks it may be crushing my throat when I sleep and possibly causing sleep apnea. I beg to differ, but I followed his order and saw an ENT doctor. I expected a quick, painless exam of my E, N, and T, followed by a brisk “Get outta here.”

E: check.

N: check.

T: check.

I’m all set to leave, but then the doc brandishes a nasty-looking instrument. It’s a lo-o-o-ong, flexible tube. He tells me he’s going to use it to look at my throat. OK. I obediently open my mouth. Aaaaahhhh.

No. He wants to insert this monstrosity into my NOSTRIL, where it will snake up and then down into my throat. Why, God, why? When my throat is RIGHT HERE? The human throat is designed for things to go down it (shut up); nostrils are NOT! I don’t even understand how this works. Isn’t there cartilage or something back there? What if he pokes my brain?

Regardless, in and up goes the tube. Just when I think it’s going to be blocked by my nasal wall or whatever. . . gaaaahhh . . . down it goes. The sensation is not painful but so very uncomfortable and so very wrong.

He tells me to close my mouth and breathe through my nose. Impossible, but I do it. He pinches my nostrils closed and tells me to blow. OK, then can I die? Next I have to go “eeeeeeeeee” in a high-pitched voice. Now he’s just messing with me.

Finally the tube is removed. Oh, thank god. My eyeball starts gushing water. I don’t know whether to sniffle or cough or blow my nose or puke. I feel violated. It’s like I had this secret passageway and it’s been breached. I’ll never be the same.

I wait for my “Get outta here,” but it doesn’t come. Instead he’s writing notes. Writing, writing, writing. Shit.

“Your throat opening, instead of being round, like this” (he demonstrates by making an “O” with both hands).

“Is flat, like this” (hands narrow to make a hot dog shape).

Oh, that’s just great. I’m too traumatized by the rape of my nasal cavity to process this information, but later I curse myself for not asking the zillions of questions that have been plaguing me since.

Should I eat only flat food? Are all the kids going to call me Flat Throat? Isn’t it enough that I’m flat-chested—now I’m flat-throated? Shouldn’t I be going to the ER in an ambulance right about now? Is it possible to live with a flat throat? Are my dreams of starring in “Deep Throat 3: It’s Me, JD” totally ruined?

A CT scan will help answer these questions. And you know I’ll do my best to get a picture of my flat throat for you to laugh at.

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Next on I Do Things: I Go to a Sleep Center—Yes! Where They Hook You Up with Tubes and Electrodes and Watch You Sleep—to See if I Have Sleep Apnea!

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60 Responses to “I Got a Tube Shoved Up My Nose”

  1. 1 biffybeans

    You freaking kill me. Laugh out loud hilarious.

    JD’s throat is flat.
    Her icon is a cat.
    Puke or cry,
    Porn dreams gone by,
    Now sleep is where it’s at.

    Live long & prosper.

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  2. 2 Puglette

    oh my gosh!!! you brave woman! what about the nose junk, didn’t the tube push that into your throat? ackk!! cough, hack…yikes!!

    and when you have the cat scan, do you have to have another tube in your throat?

    is the flat opening to your throat parallel or perpendicular to your mouth opening!?

    OMG!! too many questions, my mind is reeling! back to the baby chickens!
    hugs,
    puglette
    :o)

    and Happy Friday!

    Puglette’s last blog post..Signs of Spring and I Buy Tomato Trees So You Don’t Have To

  3. 3 Lola

    Awesome poem biffybeans.

    Shut up? What do you mean???

    I always thought one wasn’t supposed to stick anything up their nose bigger than their finger. That’s what my Mom always said. Leave it to doctors to figure out some weird, perverse form of torture.

    Sleep apnea, huh. Well you know what’s in your future don’t you? A Cpap machine. You’ll get to wear a lovely, space age mask and tube that blows air up your nose and down your throat to keep your airway open so that you don’t stop breathing. Quite the boudoir fashion statement.

    Nice movie title though.

    Lola’s last blog post..Lola’s Diner Is A Blazing Hot Blog

  4. 4 Angi

    OMG just reading that made my eyes water…!!

    Angi’s last blog post..On a Very Serious Note

  5. 5 Jenn Thorson

    Wow- JD– you were one step away from the ancient Egyption brain removal from the nose experience.

    If your ENT dude ever comes at you wanting to put a hook up there, say “no, not until the formaldehyde is applied and the sarcophagus has been molded”– ‘kay?

    Jenn Thorson’s last blog post..Hide the Children, Subversive Cabbages are Here!

  6. 6 Tim

    LOL
    How long have you been dreaming of “Deep Throat 3: It’s Me, JD”?
    Yup, only crackers and thinly sliced items for you. Just make sure you swallow them the right way or they’ll hit crooked!

    Tim’s last blog post..Site Build It Debacle Has IMers in an Uproar

  7. 7 absepa

    You have been extremely generous up to this point, JD, doing all these medical things so we don’t have to. But you can stop now. I mean, colonoscopies, goiters, bunions, tubes in the nose…I’m starting to feel kind of guilty here! Maybe you should just take another nice, soothing vacation in Jamaica, and leave all the yucky medical stuff behind for a while.

    absepa’s last blog post..A Lame Post is Better Than No Post, Right?

  8. 8 Natural

    according to my “you’re in violation” handbook, that doctor owes you dinner and an ice cream cone.

    tell them no to the sleep center. you’ll just film yourself sleeping and upload it on youtube. do you really trust them now?

    Natural’s last blog post..E is for Episode

  9. 9 April

    I thought you were only going to write about having tubes in your nose to receive oxygen like they do when you have to have surgery and was all ready to tell you about how much I hate that too because it is awkward and kinda tickles but after this ordeal that you just described I’m thinking oxygen tubes aren’t so bad. You are a brave woman for enduring that for me so I don’t have to. My reaction if that was me? I would’ve screamed as loud as possible and then run for my life before the doc had a chance to invade my nasal cavity.

  10. 10 flit

    oh, owie, owie, owie! My eyes are watering in sympathy!

    that is just soooooooooooooo nasty.

    I did know that there was a passage there though… otherwise, I would never have had to spend DAYS blowing Kraft dinner out of my nose. That was also nasty.

  11. 11 C.B.Jones

    Great, now I’ve got a butt load of limericks, centering around swallowing things, running around in my head. If I get smacked or kicked in the groin today, the blame will be placed horizontally in your flat throat.

    C.B.Jones’s last blog post..Wwwwooooowwww….

  12. 12 Vickie

    OMG, that made me hurt just reading that!…

    Vickie’s last blog post..Real Housewives Bethenny Takes on Jill

  13. 13 Donna

    Your post was so funny! I was laughing out loud.

  14. 14 JD

    biffybeans: Talk about laugh-out-loud hilarious. Is that a poem or a song? Regardless, I’m stealing it and using it . . . somehow. Inspired. Truly inspired.

    Puglette: Yeees, I do believe the nose junk DID get pushed into my throat, thanks for reminding me. Yeah, I was hacking and coughing, all right. No tubes for the CT scan, thank goodness. It’s kind of like an X-ray. It looked like the hot dog shape is parallel, like if you could look into my mouth, it would look like a friendly smile. YES! Back to the chicks!

    Lola: Re: “shut up”—maybe my dirty mind was the only one to go there. Carry on! Maybe they should’ve specified: no thicker or LONGER than a finger. I just don’t think I have sleep apnea. I’m only doing the sleep study so I can blog about it.

    Angi: Thank you for your sympathetic tears of empathy!

    Jenn Thorson: Got it, thanks. Yeah, I didn’t see any formaldehyde, but the assistant squirted something up my nose before anything happened. I think, actually, that I was very, very lucky.

    Tim: How long? Oh, just since this morning. But that doesn’t make it any less of a disappointment that it might never happen. I’m picturing swallowing Pringles whole and having them just slip easily through the flattened opening.

    absepa: Oh, I would love that! But I have a sneaking suspicion you guys would rather read about me writhing in pain than relaxing on a beach. But I’ll try to be more balanced in the future.

    Natural: HA! Definitely an ice cream cone. Or a pint of Caramel Cone. I would think a YouTube video of me sleeping would yield much better results, as there’s at least a chance thatI’ll be able to sleep in the first place.

    April: I should’ve screamed and run. I just didn’t fully comprehend what was going to happen. Before I knew it—guh. Yeah, oxygen tubes are bad enough. Please leave my orifices alone!

    flit: Oh, my god! You’re right, tho! That’s how throw up works sometimes. I guess if stuff can come shooting out, stuff can go down, as well. Dry your eyes, little flit.

    C.B. Jones: Uh oh. I already almost choked today on a piece of toast—and it was totally FLAT. I’m in more danger than I realized.

    Vickie: I’m sorry! There are other posts here about ice cream and kittens!

    Donna: Aw, thanks. A LOL! I has one!

  15. 15 Stephanie Barr

    Poor JD, oh, honey. That’s HORRIBLE!

    You come on in to Ask Anything and tell SE all about it. I’ll give you a lollipop.

    Stephanie Barr’s last blog post..Talk About Thievery

  16. 16 Daisy the Curly Cat

    I would be worried that there would be some boogies or something in my nose when he did that. Did you get to blow your nose first, just in case?

    Maybe you really should be careful to eat just narrow foods. Like, you can eat spaghettini or fettuccini, but no fuscilli or tortellini. Ice cream, as much as you want. Except for Rocky Road.

    Daisy the Curly Cat’s last blog post..Fashion Friday: Born to be Wild!

  17. 17 Musing

    Ouch, ouch, ouch. You need a break from doctors I think!

    Musing’s last blog post..My daughter is grounded, and it’s way worse on me then on her

  18. 18 Marie

    OMG!! You poor thing! Is there any part of your body that is not being assaulted by health care sadists?!?

    Good luck with the sleep study. I have a post coming up about how my doctor wanted me to go for one and why I said NO. So I will be anxious to hear how yours goes.

    Marie’s last blog post..Open Mouth, Insert Foot

  19. 19 GoingLikeSixty

    Whoa, you got some wicked commenters. I’m a noob here, but they LOL at you getting a tubeoscopeotemy? Dayam.

    You will love the sleep center. Just remember: when they say they are going to start hooking up the wires? Pee. Even if you think you don’t have to, because I gar-on-tee as soon as they tuck you in, you will have to pee.

    I’ve been a hoser (CPAP) for 17 years. It’s as bad as you can imagine.

    Have a nice day.

    GoingLikeSixty’s last blog post..Okay, It’s Over, Time to Vote.

  20. 20 unfinishedrambler

    Can’t wait to hear about your flat throat so we can laugh at you. ;)

    But seriously, I feel you on the nose rape as I had to undergo the same thing when I had problems similar to acid reflux. I think one of the tests involved going down my nose to my throat. They used a gel or something to make it easier, but my nose was still sore. Is yours sore as well? Ouch. I need to get a tissue now. Thanks.

    unfinishedrambler’s last blog post..Everybody’s Got A Laughing Place

  21. 21 Puglette

    ok, so you are going to do the sleep lab just for blog fodder?!?

    oh my, you are a dedicated blogger. i just want to let you know, i really appreciate your efforts.
    hugs,
    puglette (and Ollie)
    :o)

    Puglette’s last blog post..Happy Friday!

  22. 22 babs - beetle

    Is there any part of you left that hasn’t been prodded, poked, washed out, filled up or cut up? Please stop doing these things for us. It’s too much for one person to handle.

    Am I getting mixed up, or is it you that has the flat head? Just saying ;O)

    babs – beetle’s last blog post..Well I listened

  23. 23 JD

    Stephanie Barr: Thanks, SE. What would I do without you? Also, I like the green lollipops.

    Daisy the Curly Cat: No! Maybe if I had, it wouldn’t have felt so weird. Thank you for the advice on spaghettini and Rocky Road. I definitely do not want to choke.

    Musing: Yup, me too. This is the LAST one, I swear.

    Marie: Uh oh. I won’t read your “No” post until I do it; otherwise I will be skeered.

    GoingLikeSixty: Welcome! Yes, the people here are fun and funny. I love ‘em. Thanks for the advice about peeing. I’m sure I’ll STILL have to go once I’m hooked up, but I’m planning on not drinking anything that day.

    Puglette: Thank you, Puglette and Ollie! Well, let’s just say I’d be a lot less inclined to agree to it if it weren’t for being able to blog about it. It’s one of those “silver lining” things.

    babs – beetle: OHMYGOD, you’re RIGHT! I never made the connection to my flat head! Well, now it all makes sense.

    unfinishedramber: Yikes. No, it really wasn’t sore afterward. They did spray an anesthetic in there, but I felt everything. It didn’t hurt, tho. Yuck.

  24. 24 Regan

    Hey, Flat Throat! Well, some flat food you could eat IS hotdogs, since thats the shape Mr. Doctor Guy made with his hands. Pudding is rather flat, too. And then shoved it up your NOSE? That is really weird… I don’t even want to think about what it feels like.

    Regan’s last blog post..Girl Scout Cookies

  25. 25 Jac

    Oh! In medic training for the Army we learned how to insert NPAs (nasopharangeal airways) which are basically big tubes that you lube up with KY jelly and cram into someone’s nostril so they can breathe if their airway is compromised.

    It basially hurts really bad, and most of the time you meet a lot of resistance and people bleed and have tears streaming down their faces and the KY gets EVERYWHERE.

    My instructors used to give us NPAs when we’d fall asleep in class. Torture the US Government is allowed to dish out.

  26. 26 Mama Needs a Cosmo

    Okay. I don’t have to watch CSI anymore because I can just read your blog! You had Pepsi coming out MY nose by making me laugh so hard!!

  27. 27 Jeff

    So that didn’t trigger your gag reflex huh? Maybe you should be the star of “Deep Throat 3: It’s Me, JD.”

    I apologize Ann. Please tell Regan I’m referring to Watergate.

    Jeff’s last blog post..Maybe he should practice a little more

  28. 28 Tiggy

    Flat Throat? Great, another medical problem I can lie awake and worry about all night!

    Tiggy’s last blog post..Guest Poster – Eddie McMayonnaise On Modern Art!

  29. 29 JD

    Regan: Hey! Quit calling me Flat Throat! Hot dogs, pudding, yes, I can see that I will be able to survive on the Flat Throat Diet after all.

    Jac: Well, this is hardly the first time in my life I’ve had to say, “Why didn’t you use the KY jelly?” It probably won’t be the last. Ouch. But at least someone in my family knows how to save me if and when my airway is compromised by eating something non-flat.

    Mama Needs a Cosmo: Yes, see! Stuff is supposed to go OUT your nose, not go IN or UP. Tune in next week when that worm in my brain is finally removed.

    Jeff: Yes, yes. Watergate. That’s what I was referring to, as well. Ahem. To answer your question, Jeff, no, it didn’t. Which is why the dashing of my dream is so, so hard to swallow.

    Tiggy: Just don’t ever go to an ENT, and you can safely assume (as I did) that you have a round throat. Well, until you start choking on non-flat foods, that is.

  30. 30 MomZombie

    Oh, JD, what have you done to deserve all this torture? Nudity on the beach, foot scrapings, nostril rape? Oh, I forgot, you enjoy foot scraping. Or, is it the nudity thing? I’m all mixed up now.
    Just remember, your nose didn’t look that way on purpose. Your throat was saying no even if your nostrils were flaring “yes.”

    MomZombie’s last blog post..Assembly Line Concert

  31. 31 Jay

    Oh, good grief!! I gag merely on reading! How hideously horrible!

    Flat throat? Hmm … yes, I see flatbreads, bacon … and, oh yeah, chocolate in your future. Chocolate is flat, isn’t it? And we know how you love bacon and chocolate! *Snigger*

    Seriously, I hope your scan checks out OK and it’s an easy fix if it needs fixin’.

  32. 32 Kelly

    my eyes are watering just reading about it! yuck!!!

    Kelly’s last blog post..I Didn’t Do It

  33. 33 Shawn

    Flat Throat! Flat Throat!

    Sorry, I’m 12.

    Shawn’s last blog post..Compliment My Driving. Please?

  34. 34 Kathy

    JD — Just wanted to say you have the best commenters around. I’m laughing reading through them all. Half have pity on you, the others are making fun of you. That’s good stuff right there.

    Good luck with your flat throat. If they don’t fix you, maybe you can hookup with Flat Stanley and start an awareness campaign for all the people who have flat parts.

    Kathy’s last blog post..UPDATED: What’s That Sunday

  35. 35 JD

    MomZombie: Nudity is fine, as long as it’s on a beach or at a pool. Foot scrapings I’m neutral on. Nostril rape, I have to take a stand against. HA! I really do hope I get a picture of this thing. Is it smiling or frowning?

    Jay: Thanks, my friend. Mmm. Flat bread. And yes, chocolate and bacon, but separately, please.

    Kelly: Sorry! I thought my eye watering so yours wouldn’t have to was enough.

    Shawn: I KNEW it! 12-year-olds are the meanest.

    Kathy: I love my readers and commenters. The pity is good, but nothing says “acceptance” like being made fun of. I don’t know how you fix a flat throat, so I may just have to live with it. Flat Stanley and I would make a hell of a team.

  36. 36 Janna

    You win the award for “Post Which Made Janna Squirm And Shudder So Much Even Her Intestines Noticed”!

    Yikes.

    I’m SO glad you did this so I don’t have to.
    I really, really owe you.

    And now I have this mental image of you going to McDonalds and asking for a cheeseburger “extra flat”.

    Janna’s last blog post..Manic Monday: Bird

  37. 37 JT

    I can actually picture that, I mean picture that tube with snot dripping off and …………gag, cough cough gag. I think I need to go throw up.

    JT’s last blog post..I’m cranky! and moderately pleased?

  38. 38 Tim

    @ Janna – HaHaHaHa! Cheeseburger extra flat!
    Good luck on the Sleep Center, JD

    Tim’s last blog post..The Sierra Compass 597 Aircard in Rural Alberta

  39. 39 O.T

    The Tracheal stenosis is most common in presence of substernal goiter or fibrosis within thyroid.

  40. 40 The Hawg!

    JD, you’re having a rotten run of luck! Goiters, foot surgery, colonoscopies, foot surgery — take care of yourself!

    The Hawg!’s last blog post..Average/median list prices and home inventories for March 30

  41. 41 dcr

    Do you know Doug? He’s an ENT doctor. He can probably explain why they need to stick tubes down your nose. I think he even likes explaining that stuff.

    Now that you know about that secret passage, maybe you can get a career as one of those people that lets little snakes go through their nose and out their mouth and vice versa?

    Hey, maybe they could train those snakes to take cameras with them? A medical examination and a show! What fun! You could charge people to watch you be examined!

    dcr’s last blog post..Army of Stamps

  42. 42 JD

    Janna: I hope your intestines are OK by now. Um, is there a badge or anything for that award? I’d be proud to display it on my sidebar. Heh. Those cheeseburgers are already pretty flat, aren’t they? But they’d have to smash it down even more, I guess. (sadly munches on some Pringles potato chips)

    JT: Are you feeling better? Let me assure you: there was NO snot. Well, there might’ve been, I was too busy fainting to notice.

    Tim: Yeah, I got a kick out of that too. I wonder what else I can order “extra flat.” Thanks—the sleep center went well. Of course you’re gonna get all the gory details.

    O. T: So is “tracheal stenosis” the fancy term of “flat throat”? I don’t think I have a substernal goiter or fibrosis, but we’ll see. Thanks . . . ?

    The Hawg!: Thanks, Hawg! You know, it’s all fodder for the blog. I be fine.

    dcr: HA! I’m going to go check out Doug. Anyone who’s blog is named Balls and Walnuts has got to be an expert in all things medical. And you’re right: I can pick up a little extra money swallowing stuff down my nose and making it come out my throat!

  43. 43 Preston

    All I can say is, “Yikes!” I suppose if it helps you eventually sleep better…

    Preston’s last blog post..Max’s Seafood Cafe, Gloucester – Great Seafood at Modest Prices

  44. 44 feefifoto

    JD: I read a book once about a bunch of computer geeks who locked themselves in a room and would eat only food that could be shoved under the door, like pizza. That wouldn’t be too bad, would it? Let’s see — what else is flat or flattish? Fudgesickles. French fries. Onion rings. Little teeny tiny finger sandwiches. Some tortilla chips, just not the curly ones. Tilapia. Frosted Flakes. Oreo cookies.

    See? It’s not so bad. Besides, who ever wants to eat a whole eggplant?

    feefifoto’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: I’m Back!

  45. 45 Rev. Tex B. Acon

    I just added you to my Food News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Sincerely,
    Reverend Tex B. Acon
    Baconpops.com
    WWBD – What Would Bacon Do?

  46. 46 JD

    Preston: That was more than I could say at the time! We’ll see. I hope this wasn’t all for nothing.

    feefifoto: What a lot of great ideas! I love those little teeny tiny finger sandwiches. And onion rings—as long as I pop them in sideways. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even become a computer geek and demand all my flat food be shoved under the door!

  47. 47 Tracy

    I could not do this at all! I have a serious problem with things going in my nose. Even when I was a kid a finger could not go in there since I am just weirded out by things touching that cartilage inside.

    Tracy’s last blog post..What’s inside the earth?

  48. 48 Bingos

    OMG that’s horrible, It must be an unpleasant feeling but there is not another way, I hope it will work!

    Bingos’s last blog post..Meet Host Diego

  49. 49 JD

    Tracy: Yes, the inside of the nose is a weird place. I never stick my finger up there either unless it is shielded in a tissue.

    Bingos It will work. By god, it will work.

  50. 50 brooke

    I had to go to an ENT a few times and then they messed up. How you ask, well they said it was my adnoids that were making me stuffed up and then they said they would remove you. Then the next year it grew back and wonderfully my tonsils got a little bigger. End of story i hate ENT’s.

  51. 51 JD

    brooke: Wow! I think I hate ENTs too. I had my tonsils and adenoids yanked out when I was around 16 and I haven’t looked back. It made a huge difference in the amount of sick days from school.

  52. 52 Rita Murray

    I totally feel for you!! I too had a really long nose tube placed by 2 nurses that didn’t explain a thing. I immediately yanked it out going hand over hand screaming I am NOT doing this. 10 seconds later my surgeon put me in a head lock and reinserted the tube up my nose, it bends at basically the bridge of your nose, goes down the back of your throat and into your stomach. Both eyes gushed tears, you gag through the whole process and throw up like crazy. I got even by throwing up on both of the surgeons arms!! HA!! This was all just 2 days after my 3 hernia operation = (7″ belly scar) resulting from last year’s emergency burst appendix operation during which I developed double pneumonia and was in intensive critical care for 14 days. 3 days prior to the hernia operation I had an abscessed tooth pulled. Even though I was cleared for the hernia surgery, I of course developed a bad stomach infection. The tube did it’s job and was removed after 4 horribly looong days. Avoid this tube if at all possible…….
    Stay well and thanks for listening, Rita

  53. 53 JD

    Rita Murray: YIKES! Boy, now I feel like a schmuck for complaining about an office procedure that probably took about one minute. You poor thing! FOUR DAYS OF TUBE? Ugh. I can’t even imagine. Maybe if they put me in a coma. I’m glad you’re OK now. Thanks for sharing your horrifying story. GOD!

  54. 54 Rita Murray

    Hi JD,

    No way should you feel like a schmuck! No matter if the tube is in for 1 minute or longer. It is a horrible experience. Both you and I survived the creepy inhumane procedure and I definitely hope neither of us ever needs it again! My mistake was pulling it out, thinking it wouldn’t be reinserted. I think they should sedate anyone for this procedure! My hospital stay was last month May 4th-May 13th 2009. It was supossed to be for 1 night.
    I wish you good health and it was nice hearing back from you, Rita

  55. 55 JD

    Rita Murray: Thank you so much for popping back in! I agree: it’s a horrible experience all the way around, and I wouldn’t have minded some sort of head’s up. I might’ve taken a mild sedative or had my mom take me or SOMEthing. Anyway, as you say: we survived! Also: NEVER AGAIN!

  56. 56 Rita Murray

    Hi JD,
    I just looked the tube up on the web and they are 48″ long and as thick as a pen! No wonder I went hand over hand lanking that awful thing out the 1st time. It actually was removed by me in my sleep that last night. I kept catching my hand or fingers in the loop of tube they attached to my night gown by a safety pin. I jolted awake everything I got caught up in it. At 5:30 a.m. I rang the bell for the nurse and she said it is almost out so she pulled it the rest of the way out. The next day I told the doctor what had happened because he wanted it in one more day, but let me off the hook for the last day. My nose and throat were really sore! When the surgeon was signing my hospital release papers he told me “You deserve the Super Duper Trooper Award for putting up with everything from the 3 hernia surgery to the NG Tube”. I recently ran into the same nurse at Home Depot and she immediately recognized me as the patient with the NG Tube and my bed #4002A. That was funny.
    On the web you can look under Nasogastric intubation-wikipedia
    Take care, Rita

  57. 57 JD

    Rita Murray: I agree, you do deserve some sort of award for all of that. Aaaand, I think I’ll take your word on the Wikipedia entry for nasogastric intubation!

  58. 58 Rita Murray

    Thanks JD!

  59. 59 STEVE

    OMG! This is the funniest thing I’ve read all week!

    The “Stuff’ they shot up your nose was just AFRIN to open it up and LIDOCAINE to numb it! The huge tube you referred to is an endoscope… About 3/16 of an inch. Why down your nose to your throat? So you GAG!

    Admit it, you didn’t feel it… It only took a minute, BUT YOU FREAKED OUT!

    I have a sinus condition and have the simple 5 minute procedure done about 3 times a year.

  60. 60 JD

    STEVE: I’m glad you are able to laugh at my pain. And OH YES I DID FEEL IT! It was the weirdest, most awful sensation ever. Yes, it’s simple and short, but it is WRONG!


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