It was a beautiful night. The moon was big and bright and the stars twinkled as if they were singing a song. If you listened hard enough you might just be able to hear them. This was the kind of night that Oscar loved. Of course, Oscar was an owl so he loved just about every night, but this was the kind of night that he thought was the very best. Oscar's dad was out catching food for his siblings but Oscar wasn't able to eat that food right now, although he is hopefully going to be able soon. For right now, Oscar had an NG tube to help him "eat" his dinner. At first, Oscar had really hated the NG tube but after a little bit he got used to it and because he was now getting the food and medicine he needed he was starting to feel better night by night. When he was in the hospital, a wonderful friend, Beth the Bunny, brought him Hootie a stuffed owl doll. Beth has her own special stuffed friend to stay with her while she is in the hospital and thought Oscar could use a friend too. Oscar fell in love with Hootie immediately. When he got scared he can talk to Hootie about anything and snuggle him close. It helped him a lot when he first got his tube placed. He looked up at the sky as a shadow passed by him, it was his Dad swooping down to check on him and wave hello, Oscar waved and sighed happily and went back to looking at the stars. A little bit about NG Tubes: NG tubes are for short term feeding help. This can be for a number days to a number of months. Longer term tube needs help comes in the form of a G or J tube. Sometimes children have to graduate from a NG tube to G or J tube, and sometimes they are able to get the help they needed through the NG tube alone. Here is a wonderful website full of information about feeding tubes in general: Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation
Tubie Friends: Because Oscar loves his stuffed friend so much, I thought it would be perfect to match him up with the really wonderful organization called Tubie Friends, they helps make stuffed animals or dolls that have similar tubes as their children. 10% of all profits made from Oscar will go to Tubie Friends and helping them provide special friends for littles ones in need.