Today was a good day. It was the day that we have been waiting for for a long time.....
Tim had his feeding tube removed!
The tube has been his companion for quite some time now. He had it put in place 7 1/2 months ago when eating became so difficult during his radiation treatment. I recall the doctor saying to Tim that when the time came that he decided to have a feeding tube put in that it would be a relief to him. She was right about that. Perhaps it is hard to comprehend how taking liquid food through a tube in your stomach would be any kind of a relief, but having watched Tim struggle to eat as the days progressed with radiation, I saw that it was easier to pour a can of food in the tube to get nutrients than it was for him to suffer the pain and discomfort of trying to chew and swallow.
I kidded Tim that I was going to take a video of the tube removal and put it up on YouTube! :) Well, I didn't do that but I was there to witness the tube removal just as I have been there with Tim for every step on this road. We've walked every step together and I wouldn't have it any other way.
The moment came when the tube was being removed and if you are familar with the kid's movie Shrek 2 where Donkey is making that popping noise with his tongue to entertain himself while he is on his way to the Royal Ball at Fiona's parents castle, well....that is the sound that Tim's tube made when it was pulled out! I smiled and wanted to call out, "Donkey!" :)
Tim didn't even so much as groan when the tube came out although he did admit that it hurt and it stung...a lot.
My knight is as tough as they come!
One more knightly moment and one more step on the path back to "normal".