For the first time in his life Christopher got to see what he looked like without feeding tubes. He had never seen his stomach without the two plastic protrusions who had been with him ever since he could remember. It felt weird. It felt strange. It felt vulnerable. His instinct was to protect them with all the care that a mother gives a newborn baby. His feeding tubes had become a part of him, and now it seemed so peculiar as his eyes focused on the small holes where his feeding tubes once resided.
|Look, Mom! No more tubes!|
Satisfied with the medical procedure that he had so precisely executed, Christopher could think of nothing else but... LUNCH! After all, it was nearly 2:00 PM, and he hadn't eaten since breakfast. The bowl of cereal and banana that he had eaten were long gone. Teenage boys are notorious for consuming the contents of their parents' refrigerator every few hours or so, and Christopher was no different. It was time to celebrate and "refill his tank".
Christopher's favorite local restaurant serves Chinese food, so he left the hospital with his two friends to test the limits of his new abdomen. He gave it the "true test". After four plates of Chinese food, his appetite was satisfied, but the gauze dressing that protected his G-tube was bulging with liquid. The leakage had been fairly significant, but interestingly enough it was just liquid, no solid food.
|Coban is awesome!|
|His new best friend for leaks.|
|This is how he spent his day, flat on his back.|
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