Jun 14, 2009 - 6:33 am
I hope someone can help me with my concerns about my feeding tube as I don't want to be the type of patient who calls their doctor with a million questions everyday :)
I had a feeding tube put in on Tuesday, June 9th and everything seemed fine. Yesterday while I was doing my daily cleaning of the tube and stoma (sp?) I noticed the left side looks like it is tilted up higher than the right side and I have a rash (slightly red raised bumps) on the left side also. If I gently push on the left side it is a little tender, almost as if the tube is pushing on something. When I rotate the tube daily (as instructed) there is no pain but when I bend over there is an uncomfortable feeling on the left side.
Could this mean the tube on the inside has dislodged itself? Is the rash a sign of infection? I am not running a fever and feel fine other than what I mentioned above. The "wound" where the tube was inserted looks fine and does not hurt and I am following all of the instructions in the care booklet I was provided after having this procedure done. I have not started using the tube yet but I do have some "stuff" looks like liquid that has come into the tube from my stomach and I'm afraid it will either clog the tube or cause an infection.
If anyone has had this happen to them I would love to hear from you, I just don't know if these are things I should be worrying about and don't want any of this to delay the start of my treatment on the 23rd.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.