Well, not really. I went in for my regular g-tube change two weeks ago, and was able to get relief from some bleeding and discomfort at my stoma site—where my feeding tube goes into my abdomen—caused by hypergranulation.
Prior to changing out my MIC-KEY (low-profile feeding tube), the nurse used a silver nitrate ‘matchstick’ to cauterize the granulated tissue, and voilà! All good. Nurse Tracy was then able to remove and replace my g-tube with ease.
Because she knows I tend to pass out during procedures (which resulted in a full day in the hospital when my g-tube was initially placed last year), she made sure the team of folks helping kept me occupied by asking me questions about HPR. We have a running joke about me passing out, and the entire floor knows about my past issues. We approach it with humor, because otherwise the whole procedure would just suck.
We are now a two weeks into the change, and the stoma is no longer bleeding. While we’re not using the g-tube for feeding at the moment, it’s important to have it in place so that when the time comes that I am unable to swallow, we don’t have to rush to get a g-tube placed.
Just keeping everyone in the loop as I continue to be transparent about my journey. Thank you for continuing to follow along with your words of support, your cards, and for your overall love and aloha.