For those of you who don't have any idea what placing an NG tube entails I will explain. I know I had no idea of what this was 3.5 months ago!
-The first thing you do, which is most important in Amy's book is wash your hands since the tube will be going into his stomach.
-Then you measure the tube by placing the end at their nostril, wrapping it around their ear, and bringing it down to the xiphoid process (the triangle part in between your ribs) and mark it with a sharpie so that you know how far to put it in.
-Third, you rub the end in a little bit of lubricant to make it go down easier. You then push it in until the mark you made is at the end of the nostril
-Fourth you use a 60ml syringe and suction out to make sure that you get stomach contents. This ensures that it is in the stomach and not else where.
-Fifth is taping it to the child's face, which was the trickiest part.
-Sixth you use the stethoscope to listen to their stomach as you push 5mls of air in the tube to once again ensure that it is in the stomach.
-Last you feed them!
Amy also walked me through the process of giving shots earlier this week. I was supposed to give one the night after she taught me, but the child was done with her antibiotics. I'll have to wait until the next time one of our children needs shots!! I mean I am completely qualified to do these things based on the fact that I have zero nursing education! At least I have a good teacher!!
Off to help Amy put an IV in. No I won't be doing it, just holding the child!!