Sunday, October 18, 2009
Tubes and Machines
Brooke's still on the vent, of course, but among the various tubes and machines he has been dependent on, there's one less: the feeding tube that permitted liquid feeding directly into the stomach is out, gone, history. Of course those of you who've been visiting and bringing amazing breakfasts, lunches, dinners know that Brooke hasn't been interested in liquid tube feeding for a very long time now and that he has an extraordinarily varied and wonderful diet--the best of all the things all of you cook--but that the feeding tube itself is gone is one more bit of concrete evidence of progress. After it was taken out, one of the aides remarked, "most people die with these things in," so there's a certain sense of critical achievement in getting rid of it even if it hasn't been in use for quite a long time.