Quote from michelle126
I'd love to hear your story...
I would reinsert it ASAP...not sure how quickly it would start to close up.. I quess it would depend on the size of the stoma... How many times have you come across a resident who's tube was pulled out and you didn't know how long. At the most maybe a few hrs?/
Last Sunday afternoon my mother who is 88 and lives alone,alert oriented,feeds self by g-tube,npo,post throat
She called me and said her tube came out. (has had tube for about 5 years)
I found she had taken all meds for the day. Had one bolus of 12oz. left to feed for the day.
I--We decided to call the dr. in Am and have it put back in.
To make what could have been a short story long.....
she is still in hospital.had flash pulmonary edema from the g-enterolgist trying to get the scope down her esophages which was to narrow due to the cancer radiation
took a couple of days to get edema stable(almost went on a vent)
about day 3 the tube is inserted surgaclly with a small incision (no scope.. local anathesia)
Ad iv's,x-rays,foleys,blood tests.,,,and the effect of everything on her health and you got me ...one disgusted
nurse? who would resign today and work anywhere else if the money wasn;t a factor
The moral of this sad story is... the stoma closes within 6 hours.....I should have,I could have, I would have..
dc sometime tommorow....8 days of hell and rehab at home for who knows, to get her back to that Sunday afternoon when my asumption that we had until "tommorow" to get the tube back in....