We are definitely battling with the feeding tube on a daily basis. But, what’s new? I was sitting here pondering on how long it has been that I learned how to work with feeding tubes and I have to say that I am a genius! haha. It has been 18 years. What is up with that? I should have a medical degree of some sort by now. Don’t you agree?
I am numb. I don’t have any words of wisdom or encouragement for myself or to give anyone this very minute. My brain is trying to stay positive but in my heart I know that another battle is about to begin. I know God will be with me through this. There is no doubt about that. I am just scared. We received some bad news and I am having a hard time taking it all in.
Placing a feeding tube is a relatively simple surgery, but it is only recommended for complex conditions.
Tube feeding is a way to provide nutrition to people who cannot or will not eat and/or drink enough to keep their body healthy. Tube feeding is sometimes used on a short-term basis until a patient’s condition improves. Other times, it is a permanent method of feeding and is impossible to stop without resulting in malnutrition, dehydration, and the eventual death of a patient.
Tube feeding usually is given directly into the stomach or intestines (enteral tube feeding) or in some cases via a central vein, called parenteral tube feeding. Tube feeding is important to improve or maintain the health of some patients. Whether or not a patient is a candidate for tube feeding is a personal decision that involves the patient, family, and medical team..
Once a tube is placed, a special liquid formula is run through the tube and into the body. The tube-feeding formula contains a complete blend of nutrients. Extra liquid and medications are given through the tube. If the tube is attached to a pump, it runs continuously. If the feeding is given in a larger amount several times per day, it is known as a bolus feeding.
It is necessary to make a careful decision when deciding whether or not to use a feeding tube for the elderly or a chronically ill patient. Not every person who cannot or will not eat is a good candidate for tube feeding.
Tube feeding is ordered by a doctor and reviewed by a registered dietitian and others to make sure that the correct amount of nutrition (protein, calories, fluid, vitamins, and minerals) is provided. If needed, a special tube-feeding formula for diabetes, kidney disease, or lung disease is ordered. The patient’s weight, laboratory values, and bowel habits are monitored closely for tolerance to the tube feeding and adequate nutrition.
Brently is a fighter! He is a very strong-willed teenager who stops at nothing. This feeding tube is a set-back, but we keep on striving and thriving everyday to continue to make progress in all areas that need the most work. I am thankful for my son. He is L1 strong! He loves trying to help me insert the tubing and he loves to pull his tubie button out from time to time. We laugh it out because he thinks it funny. This is real life! If it wasn’t for this feeding tube, my child would not survive. It must be working great so far because he is 85lbs. and climing. Love my boy!
It has been a full day at the Emergency Room at the Children’s Hospital. I do not understand why things happen the way that they do but there is a reason of some sort for it. I am looking for answers. I want to know why my child is hurting and no one can fix this problem.
Today has been another day of clinging on to hope and having faith that God will help us through this storm we are in. I had to take Brent to the Doctor today. He had a blockage and I just knew we would end up in the hospital. They were able to do the procedure in the office and gave instructions on what to do when they sent us home. I was a little afraid because I was thinking that the hospital would be a better choice for him.