Over the course of the last few months Harriet had been in and out of hospital with breathing problems, that were related to her Nasal Gastric tube moving and causing infections on her chest.
Harriet has developed a very strong sneeze, which we think is a new reflex and that the tube may be causing her some discomfort. The problem with Harriet now having a strong sneeze is that it could be very detrimental to her health; the Nasal Gastric tube has been blown out of position and could potentially pump milk or medicine directly into her lungs.
We always take an aspirate to make sure the tube is located in Harriet`s stomach before any medicine or feed is pumped directly down the feeding tube. If the nasal gastric tube was moved during a feed, then this is something that we would not be able to monitor easily.
On Saturday night we were struggling to get a good aspirate, the nasal gastric tube looked as though it had moved from Harriet`s stomach and therefore the tube would need to be pulled out and threaded back down. We spent a good couple of hours trying to get the tube in place, but the aspirate readings were dangerous and there was no way Harriet could have had her feed or medicines until we were sure everything was safe.
The only option was to take Harriet to accident and emergency at the Royal Derby Hospital, it was now very cold and a few minutes passed midnight.
As we arrived at the hospital, we signed Harriet in and within a few minutes the nurse asked us to take Harriet through into one of the bays. The nurse asked us what seemed to be the problem and we explained the problems we had been experiencing with the nasal gastric tube.