With a company the size of Cook, chances are that our patients and their caregivers could also be our coworkers and friends. Scott, a trainer in Cook’s fitness center, is the Dad of a 13-month-old “tubie.” In preparation for Feeding Tube Awareness Week, Scott shared his thoughts of caring for an adorable little guy that happens to have a feeding tube.
“When we learned that Reyker needed a feeding G-tube, we didn’t know what to expect. After his doctor placed the tube, we got to see Reyker and we were like, ‘Where is it?’ You can’t even tell he has a feeding tube when he’s wearing a onesie.
There is everyday maintenance, like cleaning, and as he gets older he’s more interested in the button. Except for the feeling that you want your son to eat normally, having a feeding tube really doesn’t change life much. It’s just one part of Reyker’s life.”
Want to hear more about life with a feeding tube? Check out this video for Feeding Tube Awareness Week or follow the conversation using #feedingtubeawareness.
This story reflects the experience of one individual. Every feeding tube patient is unique, and results may vary for patients. Information included in this article should not be used as the basis for any treatment. Consult a licensed health care professional for diagnosis and treatment. All story content is provided by the patient’s father, who is compensated by Cook Medical.