Thursday night, three nurses tried to shove a rubber tube into my son's stomach through his nose. They failed largely because this in not a procedure that can be done without the subject's cooperation, and after the second failed attempt, he wasn't letting them have another try. The next morning a much gentler doctor succeeded. Since then the hose has been adjusted several times and remains in place.
The nasogastric tube is meant to relieve the paralytic ileus
that resulted from his emergency appendectomy. He has spent over a week without food and will be hospitalized until his condition relaxes and he can eat and digest solid food.