Nutritional fuel for my body.
Tubes can be used for various medical conditions and all age groups.
Every 3-6 months I return to Interventional Radiology for a tube exchange.
Rates, volume, and types of formula feeds can be altered based on each individuals' needs.
A feeding tube does not mean death. They can improve one's quality of life.
Liquid formula enters my body through a tube in my abdomen directly into my small intestine.
Necessary to keep me and other people alive.
Unfortunately, there are some dangers and complications with enteral nutrition.
Types vary from long danglers to low profile buttons with extensions.
Reduces vitamin deficiencies and some symptoms caused by "normal" eating.
It can be carried in a backpack or rolled around on a pole.
Tubes don't cure diseases & aren't successful for everyone. Some need IV feeds, TPN, instead.
Irritation of skin caused by stomach acid leakage around the tube site can occur.
Opportunity to increase nutritional lab values, absorption, and possibly energy.
Nasal tubes or abdominal tubes are available to enter stomach and/or small intestines.