Infected tube round two
Tinleigh’s tube has become infected for a second time. She starts with bowl issues then it turns into an infected tube. We’re doing some tests and hope to find some answers. I want to share the picture of her tube for others wondering what it might look like and if someone is trying to figure out if their tube might be infected.
This was right after her bath. I keep a thin single layer of gauze around it and change it a few times a day. It gets very crusted up with yellow and red tinged grossness. As you see the area around the tube is very red. Gage’s tube area sometimes becomes red as well. The difference is where her’s is red its very hard underneath. While his stays soft. On the right, you can’t see it, granulation tissue has sprouted out in the last 12 hours. If you notice also her belly button area has become red. This happened last time as well. It’s hard to tell but the entire area is swollen. Her tube is very tight against her skin and actually leaves an indention.
She is able to hook up and feed. It upsets her though because she anticipates it hurting when I touch it. Once she’s hooked up though she’s fine. Usually once the antibiotic kicks in she’s able to wear her back pack around as usual. When it’s super tender she prefers to sit on the couch with her back pack beside her.
I hope this helps anyone wondering if their tube is infected! I would also love to hear from anyone that has experienced tube infections. Having two back to back is very frustrating, along with not knowing why she’s having bowl issues along with it. Maybe someone has some insight for me.