My Story: Tube Feeding

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Rhea Dali

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Expert Reviewed By

Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

Untitled 1 | My Story: Tube Feeding

Two days in “jail” passed and my parents and doctors were spinning their heads…”What to do with her?!”

One of the overseeing Psych doctors was actually a lady I had babysit for that past year as a grad student…she actually listened to me—which I felt was something new…”This is not helping”…She agreed. Everyone knew I didn’t need to be in the Psychward…

Nevertheless I continued to write and pray and in the midst of it all—sneak in my workouts (doing pushups and squats in my room when the nurses weren’t watching)…surviving…

My parents found an eating disorder specialist in Nashville, pulled me out of the Psyhward and rushed me to an appointment. One look at me and my vital signs and the doc said, “She needs medical help…NOW. She is in serious danger.”

I laughed inside. I AM STILL BREATHING! NO GUNSHOT WOUND HERE PEOPLE. WHY won’t they just let me be?!

Now 2 days “sober” from my StairMaster, I was itching to get back to it.

He sent us straight to Baptist Hospital STAT, where he ordered Tube Feedings start immediately.

The whole drive there I cried and begged mom and dad to JUST LET ME BE AN ADULT! And I promised them I’d do ANYTHING but go to the hospital. I’d move home. I’d go back to working out with my trainer instead of on my own. I’d eat sweet potatoes.

As they held back their own tears and JUST PRAYED inside…they kept driving. They didn’t know what else to do.

Arriving at the hospital, the nurses were once more confused…What’s wrong with her? Nonetheless, they sent me to my room, and prepared my tube feeding machine.

This is not a picture of me, but the tube that was placed in my nose to “nourish” me with Nestle-sponsored high fructose baby-like formula.

“This is NOT helping. I feel like a lab experiment”…I thought…

And then, that night happened…

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