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Lynn Patient Expert

Chicago, Illinois
I am a former paramedic, former insurance claim investigator, and the mother of five!  My youngest has had many hospitalizations and medical emergencies.  She is fed by g-tube and I have become a specialist in g-tubes.  
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No Guilt Allowed by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Life is hard, no?  Looking at the news footage of recent events in the USA, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, it reminds me that we each get hit with storms – the ... Read on »
Protein by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In the land of blended meals, we all have a concern to tube feed nutritious, well-balanced meals.  Protein is an absolutely essential  part of our diets. Let me imm ... Read on »
A Funny by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The Big Brother is working on a project for school.  He is a joker extraordinaire, so we always get funny questions and comments out of him, like this: BB:  ”Yo ... Read on »
Recipe by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Making blended meals to feed via g-tube is not really complex.  I am convinced that anyone can do it!  Putting effort into the nutritional value of blended meals is ... Read on »
What is in Pediasure? by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Over at Facebook’s , I read this: “One of our members did some basic, scary math a child on 1000mL of pediasure a day will be subsisting on the following per mo ... Read on »
Communicating With Doctors by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Here are some previous posts about communicating with doctors and other medical personnel.  This is one of our most important AND challenging jobs as parents/manage ... Read on »
“ITZBEEN” A BUSY LIFE! by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In the world of chronic complex care, like tube-feeding, g-tubes, medications, etc., it can be hard to keep track of all the things we do in caring for another.  My ... Read on »
Insomnia? by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It is 10:00 p.m. I walk past my daughter’s room on my way to bed. I hear talking… Not sleep talking. Conversational chatter. I peek in, “Natalie! You are still awa ... Read on »
More changes by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As the mom of a child with “special needs” (that is such an understatement sometimes, isn’t it?!)  who is fed blended meals via g-tube for medical reasons (except o ... Read on »
More Traveling by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I am getting ready for a short trip to my Mom’s.  She has a wonderful house but her refrigerator is tiny.  As I travel with my special needs child, different situatio ... Read on »
Bleach by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine When a complex chronic medical condition requires feeding via g-tube there are a few options for the actual food involved.  While doctors generally recommend liquid f ... Read on »
Traveling by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine When traveling with a child (or adult) with special needs, there are a “few” extra things to pack and consider. We just arrived home from a long driving trip. We trav ... Read on »
Need a different button? by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I recently received a helpful comment from one of my readers! YAY!!! For those of us managing a chronic medical condition that requires g-tube feeding, there are few ... Read on »
And Another Thing…. by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Let’s see, 9 years of blended meals for g-tube feeding… the last handful of years have been pretty steady. Just since Natalie has turned 13 she has been telling me a ... Read on »
Confession by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Here is my confession:  I’ve really been avoiding this blog, even though I love writing, I love helping people who are new at this tube feeding thing. There have ... Read on »
Doctors and Blended Meals by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Feeding via g-tube for medical reasons requires oversight by a physician.  The only way to obtain the necessary supplies is via prescription.  The durable medical goods ... Read on »
Tubies and Vitamins by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine When feeding a person via g-tube for medical reasons, formula is one option.  Blended meals are another option.  I have been feeding my daughter (who is nearly 13 years ... Read on »
Syringes by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As the parent of person fed by g-tube for medical reasons, there are lots of things that make my job easier!  I feed blended meals using a 2 ounce (60cc) syringe.  I do ... Read on »
Are you a Newbie to Blended Meals? by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I just had a lovely Tubie-Mommy email me with questions as to how to start. Here is the email I sent to her: There are a couple of things to consider when begin ... Read on »
Dinner Recipe for G-Tube. by Lynn Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Well, tonight I made a recipe that I threw together on the fly – I do this quite often and usually get good reviews (because I already know what the men in my fam like ... Read on »