Oct 24, 2011 - 6:56 am
However...... His feeding tube site has been leaking dark brown liquid, lots of it, he soaked through his gauze pad covering several times during the last 18 hours, and it even soaked right through his clothing, bed sheets etc. You can actually see it dripping out of the incision site. More alarmingly, he vomited the same dark brown liquid during the night. We have no idea what's causing this.
We called the at home nursing agency on call nurse, and she said it was probably the liquid sennekot causing the dark brown colour. Now, my problem with that opinion is that since he has a GJ tube, the sennekot should not be in his stomach at all, which is where the tube comes out from (feeds directly into small intestine, bypassing the stomach) . He used sennekot at around 8pm last night, so also, should it not have made it's way onwards in a 7 hour period? I am freaking out right now.... Just as a side note, we have not had any issues with the feeding tube, just very small amounts of discharge which we were told is normal. A nurse is supposed to come out at some point this morning to see him, but they are pretty unpredictable in their timing, and it's not uncommon to wait all day and into the evening for a visit. I will call the palliative care doc this morning, but of course nobody there at 6am, so we have to wait.
I feel so scared and alone right now, I hope that before anyone has a chance to respond, we will have come up with some conclusions. I just needed to share with someone who will understand my fears.... thanks for listening