EDIT: Please change the title to "Medical issues and character development question!!" Okay, before we begin, I have a small confession to make: I have a G-tube, had it since I was a baby. I don't use it anymore (haven't since I was 7), but it's still there. There was one attempt to get it removed, but it failed. I don't like taking my shirt off at the beach or when I'm swimming, because I don't want to have anyone but family see it. I was thinking of writing about a character who has a G-tube, and who feels very self-consious about what the world would think should they find out. When we meet this character, he/she has a box of gauze pads, tape, and scissors. Unbeknownst to the main protag, this person's G-tube is slowly falling apart and is about to fall out. This person is afraid of what will happen should that day ever come. My question is two-fold, and yes, they're going to sound very stupid: #1- This character is a man (let's call him Larry for now.) Now, it could help that he feels that men aren't supposed to have body issues (he's not super macho or anything), but is it at all realistic for a young man to have a fear of showing his buds something like a G-tube? To the point where he'll lie about why he has gauze pads, tape, and scissors in his room? #2- This is more of a medical/scientific question: Is it possible for a G-tube to fall out? What would happen then? Would Larry be in any immediate medical danger?