Things I know to be true

Within the realm of the tube feeding world, one undisputed truth is that friction is a great, if not the greatest enemy of the stoma.

This post is a follow up to  the previous post from last week with the video of my failed attempt to remove my button.

In that post I said “why tape the button, when it won’t come out anyway?”

Well, silly me, that is because a g-tube, whether it is a low profile, or a dangler, HAS  to stay stable.  Period.

I assumed, because problems with overgranulation tissue were long behind me, that I didn’t need to care so much about keeping the button from moving around …You know the adage that starts out “don’t assume…”

Because my button wasn’t anchored, it moved around pretty freely.  I was taping it at night, but this was not enough.  By time four days had passed, I had secretions oozing out, and pain!  Not at the surface. Whatever is going on is deeper in.  I can’t visually spot any granulated tissue that has formed.

But, this was how my stoma  looked on a daily basis until a few days ago  (photo taken in October, I think);

The photo below shows how it looked when I got up  Wednesday morning and pulled off  the tape that was covering it:

So, I taped it during the day as well, but tape wasn’t enough to cause any measurable improvement.  The pain (internal, not surface) was worse too.  Of course, we’re talking just a day, but still, not enough.

 

I dug around and found my peg tube pads that had not been used for ages.  I was afraid I’d thrown them away, but, thankfully I still had some.

That combo really did help!  I think the pad adds needed stability.

 

Today the pain is less (but not gone)  and secretions are pale yellow, no blood mixed in, so things are looking up.

Peg tube is being replaced the end of next week.

Keep friction away from your stoma fellow tubies out there! Mine went from being a  prime example of the most perfectly healthy stoma you’d ever want to see, to an oozy gooey painful mess in a matter of only a few days.

 

 

 

 

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