Nov 12, 2013 - 9:56 am
I had a feeding tube put in over the weekend and have two more weeks of treatment left. The doctor only suggested I used the gravity drip prescribed nutrient formula for me. I asked about other options such as Ensure or blended juices for the feeding tube. The doctor does not want me to pump anything in the tube except for the gravity dripping nutrient. It seems it is not enough for me. The doctor said he does not want the tube to be clogged and that the formula given to me is premade so the stomach won't reject. So far I have not tried anything else to see how the stomach respond.
Does anyone has experience with the feeding tube and give recommendations? I tried clicking on the "Food for Tubies" in the thread but the page does not open. Is it safe to pump in additional Ensure or / and high calorie juiced drinks in addition to the doctor's recommended nutrient? I need to gain more weight before my next bout of chemo in about one week. I have lost 50 lbs and ribs are sticking out.
I can swallow liquid but very difficulty. I spend the whole day struggling to get down some calorie and the best I was able to do was 3 Ensures so that's why I decided to have the tube installed.
The gravity drip nutrient is on 24/7 and seems to only provide about 2000 calories.
Can I pump water into the tube to stay hydrated?