Okay, so I got a new PEG tube installed — wore out the closing end on the first one. So let’s examine the difference between the new and the old.
First, this is a syringe:
The end of the syringe fits into the PEG tube for feeding.
Now, this is the old PEG tube I used to have.
As you can see, it’s all one piece. The bad is that when the little cover for the opening where the syringe fits — when that wears out — you have to replace the whole PEG tube. The good is that the diameter of the opening where the syringe fits — is the same diameter as the end of the syringe.
Now, this is my new PEG tube.
Look at the purple opening where the syringe fits. See how it has a yellow end that inserts into the tube? The good is that when the little cover for the opening where the syringe fits — when that wears out — you do not have to replace the whole PEG tube: you just pull out the old purple fitting and put in a new one. The bad is that the yellow end — just simple physics — has a smaller opening than the diameter of the syringe (it has to fit INTO the tube).
Well, of course the opening at the purple end has a cap that is the same diameter as the end of the syringe, so there’s no problem with inserting the syringe. Everything works the same…
EXCEPT. See, the smaller yellow fitting means the Jevity 1.5 food has to fit through an opening whose diameter is approximately half the diameter of the end of the syringe. So, it takes twice as long to do the feeding — remember we don’t push the Jevity 1.5 through the syringe, we take the plunger out and hold the syringe up, pouring in the Jevity 1.5 and let gravity determine the rate of the flow — thus, smaller opening = slower feeding.
OKAY, all that said… I actually LIKE my new PEG tube BETTER. It’s better because slow flow seems to keep me from feeling bloated after feeding. It takes more time — about 45 minutes (compared to used-to-be 20 minutes) — but I experience much less discomfort after feeding.
IT’S ALL GOOD!