Friday, May 4, 2012

The G-tube is out!

I wanted to write a quick update with some big news:  Tonight, after 7 years, my son's G-tube is finally out!

He has been back on Flovent for a month with an unlimited diet and is doing well.  He had lost too much weight when he was back on his safe diet at the beginning of the year, so I was not sure that it was a good idea to remove it yet.  However, with the Flovent (swallowed, not inhaled), he is eating well, gaining the weight back and is growing again.

At his last appt (2 days ago), he had gained 6 lbs and grew another inch, so I knew it was the right time.  I want him to heal before the summer, and it can take 3 weeks for the stoma to close, which will take us to the end of May.

I didn't give him any advance-notice because that would have made him too anxious.  He was anxious enough as it was.  I just told him it had to get done and I did it.  The stoma is clean and covered and hopefully it will close up quickly.

While I didn't make a big deal about it because he was so nervous, this is a very big deal!   I had envisioned a big celebration when it happened, so it is a bit anti-climactic, but that's ok.  That part of his life is now behind him and he has a new chapter waiting to be written.

He only has a few more foods to trial, so we're going to do one a year.  We'll start in January and scope in April, just before his birthday, as we did this year.  That will give him a break from his Flovent and allow him to finish the remainder of his food trials while minimizing his procedures.

For now, while he is on the swallowed Flovent and it is working, he can eat anything he wants, so I am focusing on increasing his intake as well as expanding his repertoire.  So far, I am very pleased with how well he is doing and I hope he continues to do well.  He has overcome great hurdles and is now thriving.  There is finally some semblance of normalcy.  I am a very happy mom.


  1. Great news for you son and for all of you! A major milestone. Congrats and enjoy it!

  2. Thank you very much. It has been a long road, but it was worth it to get to the bottom of his triggers and allow him to be healthy. While the feeding tube was a blessing because he really needed it, I'm just very happy that he (we) can now put it behind him and move forward.