Saturday, May 23, 2009

Desperation and Plastic Knives

My youngest, Vincentio, has a g tube for supplemental feeding.
What he actually has is called a Mic-Key button. He's always had a problem with irritation around the stoma (hole in the tummy where the tube goes in). So, after weeks and months of trying every concoction and prescription we can get our hands on to help it heal, I've finally resorted to an old remedy I learned of long ago in my nursing days.

What is this magic mojo you ask???

Aquaphor and Maalox. Yup, that's it.
The aquaphor acts as a moisture barrier and the maalox neutralizes any acids in the gastric leakage around the stoma. Plus it makes his tummy smell minty fresh.
This isn't an easy home remedy to make, I'm warning you now.
You have to be prepared to mix.. and mix.. and mix some more.
I used a large medicine cup and a plastic knife.
It's not for the easily frustrated or for those with an overly short attention span.

What were we talking about??

So you mix until you're about ready to throw the whole thing against the wall, or until you have a thick white paste.
Then you apply.

Pretty simple and alot of work all in one.

So far it's looking promising. No more angry looking boily bumpies. We'll see, I've learned not to get my hopes up.

I've also learned that the middle of the afternoon may not be the best time to post since I've gotten up at least four times to refasten V's diaper. I've developed super spidey hearing when it comes to the tapes on the diaper ripping off. I instinctively know that sound. It means that my boy's manhood his waving in the breeze.
Short of duct tape or strategically placed staples, I think I'll probably be posting later in the evening.

1 comment:

  1. VINCENTIO! No more night time salutes. Keep those britches fastened, you ornery devil. (But so grateful for your naughtiness...giggles to get me through the morning...)