Peg tube management - Tips and tricks

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Peg tube management - Tips and tricks

by Slowlane on Sat Oct 02, 2010 10:30 AM

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In the beginning it was an ordeal to keep the peg tube clean and sanitary.  I was using 3 inch gause patches in the front and back and taping them down.  I changed to 2 inch gause patches and found that with just a little neosporin that they held in place nicely and only needed the one between me and the retainer at the stomach and no tape.  

I cut the 3 inch gause pads into long pieces that virtually made them kind of like wide shoelaces.  Squirt a gob of sanitizer on the strips and use them like dental floss or pegtube floss.  Cleans and sanitizes nicely up to the hole.  I do this after my daily shower.

If you dident know you gotta fold up the 2 inch gause to a point in the middle and cut it off with sissors and then cut a slot out for installation - click me back and I'll slpain it better. 

Next I plug in the large syringe and flush it out and I'm done for now.  I check it reguarly and change the 2 inch gause a coulple of times a day and thats it.  Feedback is welcome.

Slowlane

RE: Peg tube management - Tips and tricks

by Roselvr on Sat Oct 02, 2010 04:27 PM

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Oh the PEG tube.. source of pain for my hub.

The best tip I have is to let someone else do the cleaning. My hub did it for about 2 weeks at one point, I was the one doing it but he wanted to do it himself. I can tell you that once an infection starts, it may never be right & his was not. He used to have growths that were very painful when they got to a certain size because there was a lot of nerve endings. Every time they would "burn" it off, it would come back. His skin used to get so raw. They tried to protect the stomach skin but it always burned anyway.

To clean it, I used those long medical q-tips with a 1/2 rubbing alcohol & 1/2 water solution, followed by saline. We used drain sponges on the stomach with neosporin. My hub wrapped a 4 inch square with a small rubber band, over the French drain end because it would leak at times. The rubber bands were the ones in the hair section; they use them for braids. 

If you have sensative skin; taping the French drain end to your stomach gets rough. You can use a tight tank top to hold it in place. A woman's sports bra will also work; it's shorter then a tank top and fits snugger.

RE: Peg tube management - Tips and tricks

by mark5004 on Mon Oct 04, 2010 02:58 AM

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On Oct 02, 2010 10:30 AM Slowlane wrote:

In the beginning it was an ordeal to keep the peg tube clean and sanitary.  I was using 3 inch gause patches in the front and back and taping them down.  I changed to 2 inch gause patches and found that with just a little neosporin that they held in place nicely and only needed the one between me and the retainer at the stomach and no tape.  

I cut the 3 inch gause pads into long pieces that virtually made them kind of like wide shoelaces.  Squirt a gob of sanitizer on the strips and use them like dental floss or pegtube floss.  Cleans and sanitizes nicely up to the hole.  I do this after my daily shower.

If you dident know you gotta fold up the 2 inch gause to a point in the middle and cut it off with sissors and then cut a slot out for installation - click me back and I'll slpain it better. 

Next I plug in the large syringe and flush it out and I'm done for now.  I check it reguarly and change the 2 inch gause a coulple of times a day and thats it.  Feedback is welcome.

Slowlane

Here is the solution.  Purchase round make up pads, the disposable cotton variety.

Cut the pads with a half radius slice and trim out a small circle of cotton out of the middle.  The pad now can be slipped between the peg and the new belly button.  It feels very comfortable.

Enjoy, it really made the difference for me.

Mark

 

 

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