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Medical Code remains red, New G-Tube New Problem, not happy

Posted Jun 16 2009 11:32pm
Unhappy with this 3.0cm monstrosity

Unhappy with this 3.0cm monstrosity

The medical code will currently remain at code red . As stated in my earlier post today, There were three possible outcomes of today’s general surgical appointment. Apparently outcome C. came to be correct. Although, I might have been a bit happier if outcome eight was correct, and they took me in for the endoscopy today, and found out what the problem was. The problem definitely was not a G-tube too short for my stomach. I currently have a tube, that is approximately 1 inch too long. I strongly advocate against measuring for a G-tube that is longer than what you need. A G-tube t hat is too long, poses a health hazard!  it can easily be pulled out, or otherwise damage the inner lining of the stomach! Always have a professional measure for your G-tube, and make sure to double check the measurements! Never order it to larger if there is not a size smaller! It is better to have a tight tube than to have one that is far too loose!

With all the above said, I will be scheduling the endoscopy as soon as possible. Sooner than we were anticipating probably. Since my stomach is being a pain in the ass. And my G-tube is being a pain in the belly… literally!

Orders are as follows.


  • Surgical visit (ENDOSCOPY SCHEDULING) <DEAD>
  • Pulmonary Functions Test (resp problems, PFT is a default test every 3 months, 4 months passed.) (OP) <SCHEDULING>
  • Endoscopy (2 year follow up & suspected internal pressure ulcer from G-Tube + H. Pylori follow up PRIORITY!!!) (IP) <WAIT SCHEDULING>
  • Pulse Oximeter (ordered by pulmonary) <INACTIVE> [WAIT FOR BETTER INSURANCE]
  • ETCO2 monitor (ordered by pulmonary) <INACTIVE>[WAIT FOR BETTER INSURANCE]
  • Muscle Biopsy – See if there is a muscular dystrophy or other disease directly affecting the muscle such as progressive rhabdmyolysis. (Live – To be scheduled) (OP / IP at doctors discretion)<WAIT SCHEDULING>
  • Toxicology panels (drug & standard) – See if disease caused by toxic mutagenic agent (Live – To be scheduled) (OP) <INACTIVE>[WAIT FOR BETTER INSURANCE]
  • ABGs draw (IP)<WAIT SCHEDULING>
  • Urodynamics study (under anesthesia or neuromuscular blockade) (repeat due to question of suprapubic catheter) (IP)<WAIT SCHEDULING>
  • Echocardiogram (repeat due to 1 year passing since last ECHO) (IP)<WAIT SCHEDULING>
  • CT head & spine w/o contrast and with contrast (repeat due to 1 year passing since last CT series) (IP/OP) <WAIT SCHEDULING>>

are also waiting on a few other things to be ordered after the completion of these, the next order batch is. All of the below are considered dead until converted to live orders.

  • New wheelchair (CONFIRMED: WILL BE ORDERED, PAPERWORK TO BE SIGNED MORE) (OP, Duh!) <ACTIVE>
  • Deep Brain Stimulator insertion surgery talk (new surgery in talks) (IP, Duh!) <INACTIVE>
  • Spinal plain X-Ray series – June(6 months will have passed, usually done twice yearly) (OP) <DEAD. CT SUPERSEDES THIS 6 MO SERIES>
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