Friday, October 10, 2008

My Personal Fear Factor-Living with a Dental Student

Have you ever heard of a nasogastral tube? For your sake, I hope not. Last week Nathan came home from school and as usual began sharing with me all the wonderful things he has learned about during the day. This time it was about pseudomembranous colitis. This is the reason you see everyone at hospitals washing their hands all the time.

And you thought it was just to keep the common cold away!

It is disgusting and most likely to be caught in the hospital by someone who has been on antibiotics too long. It messes with your GI tract, resulting in severe diarrhea and if left untreated, pseudomembranous colitis can result in . . .

death from dehydration.

(stay with me here, it gets better. aren't you jealous that your husband isn't in dental school and can't share these interesting tidbits of disgusting knowledge with you like mine can?)

The first treatment is to discontinue the antibiotics that are aiding in the killing of your good bacteria. The second is to take a special medication to kill the pseudomembranous colitis.

Wanna know what you gotta do if that doesn't work?

Do ya? Do ya? Do ya?

Guess what the treatment is. Go ahead and guess!

You have to get "good" bacteria down there, so you have to get a . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


So do you want to know what a poop transplant has to do with my first question about
nasogastral tubes?

Put the two parts together.

(Naso)+(Gastral)= a tube in your nose which takes someone else's poop into your GI tract.

A Poop Transplant.

ew. I think I'd rather die of dehydration.


Kristine said...

I have heard about this. Disgusting but effective nonetheless.

My kids all are sick with the runs this week. Lets hope we don't need to do a poop transplant.

Kellie Buckner said...

Jeremy had the nastiest runs I've ever seen yesterday at the Kirtland Temple. I won't describe it here, but needless to say he went through the rest of our days activities sans shorts, socks, or shoes. I almost just took him home instead of continuing and if Nathan hadn't needed the house quiet so he could study, I would have.

Hope your kids get better soon and I hope no transplants are needed :)



Hilarious.... but GROSS!!!!

JerieH said...

Oh, yuck! The worse my husband does is make fun of my grammer.... but it sounds like you have the makings of a great diet plan with that system :)

janeen said...

nasty! I pray I never need a poop transplant!

trublubyu said...

icky. who knew that such a thing was possible.

Kellie Buckner said...

Exactly. Who could have thought to not only do a poop transplant, but to do it through the nose? In the words of the great Squints Paladoris, "If you were thinkin' you wouldn't have thought that."