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|Tube Feeding Tips: Dining Out|
One of the major concerns of enteral feeders is the social problem of eating in a public restaurant. We need to develop a wall of invisibility around our person. Here’s the way I do it.
I look around the restaurant and think, does that man over there know anything about tube feeding? It’s unlikely. Does that woman in the next booth have any interest in watching me? Probably not. What would she think if I pulled up my shirt a couple of inches and exposed my cute stomach skin? Again, it wouldn’t occur to her to peer out of her shell and cast her interest in my direction.
In other words, the people in the restaurant are notably ignorant of tube feeding. So, I look around to see everyone engrossed in his or her own meal and not caring one little bit about what I might be doing. Although I don’t use a syringe and a bowl anymore, I’m certain that if you are comfortable with your feeding technique, you could ingest at a restaurant table and nobody would notice.
Sit next to the wall so your table buddies’ bodies shield you, and pump away. The wait staff is usually so hurried and hassled, they won’t notice either. Do your feeding duty after the order is taken, and relax. The general public won’t know to look at you, because you’re not standing on your chair, waving your arms in the air and screaming.
—Robert “Flute” Snyder, DMA