Friday, January 21, 2011

Bubble Belly

There is a great book that you can give to pregnant ladies called "What to Expect when you are Expecting". I wish that there was a whole series for other things in life, and especially a "Dummies" version. That way, instead of having to come to the ED in the middle of the night, they could just had the book to the person and send them off. Last night, the "Dummies Book" would be "Things you shouldn't put in your PEG tube".

One of our local citizens who has severe esophageal stenosis because he drank some of his meth making chemicals by accident when he was high came in after he was found down by the police. He had severe abdominal distention. On exam, it was found he had a G-tube, so they uncapped it and it sprayed like a fire hose around the room. Somehow, he had found a way to fill his stomach with beer before it had a chance to clear the carbonation and had capped his tube. Talk about a mess. (Blood alcohol of 0.29 so no record).


SeaSpray said...

Hey Throckmorton - That is a great book! I wish I had the internet when I was pregnant because I also love the on line calendars where you can put in your due date and see the progress in the womb...where your baby is at, etc.. We just had a beautiful baby boy born into our family. :)

I don't know what a PEG tube is but the incident sounds gross as I assume it sprayed on the other people there. EWWWW!

And admittedly I do get a funny image as I envision a hose gone wild and everyone scrambling but one lone person going in ...Taking it on ...doing what had to be done.

I wonder if all that carbonation being released made noise?

SeaSpray said...

Off topic - It warmed my heart that Pelosi wasn't sitting up front as Speaker of the House during the State of the Union Address. It really did.