I have been fighting with the ng-tube all day. Yesterday it kept getting "blocked" in a way that made it impossible to retract fluid to confirm that it was in his belly. The help line said it was a placement problem and that the tube was pushed up against his stomach lining. I felt awful - had I been sucking holes in his stomach?
They assured me this was not the case but that it could cause "a hicky" in his tummy. A hicky? I am sure this is not a lovebite situation.
Today, the 9am feed was fine but each time I tried again I failed to clear the tube and couldn't do the 3pm or 6pm feeds. I ended up in tears, feeling I was failing to give him what he needs AND/OR was hurting him. The whole process of placement and trying to clear the tube involves pushing a bit of air into his belly, then a few CC's of water, alternatively warm water and/or cranberry juice. The whole process is a nightmare as he cries, I cry, Frost tries to sing (loudly) to calm Wren and then turns on a baby CD (loudly) and Mum gives her views (that this isn't working, try later, try with Josh, just nurse him etc).
I called the help-line about 5 times today and he different advice each time. Some said try a new tube, use 5CCs of fluid to flush the line, try OJ, try COCA-COLA!!!, dissolve the crushed aspirin in hot water first, separate the meds delivery with a bolus of 1CC of water... blah blah.
Finally, he most experienced NP said it is just a matter of placement and suggested that we not hold him while we do the feed as the tube can move into a part of the stomach that blocks uptake but it still fine for the feed. She told me to lay him on his back and/or just do the air-pop test (I won't go into this for everyone) and then deliver the feed. She told me to do a bolus feed for the short nursing I gave him to calm him (and myself). I keep thinking "what would the neighbours think?" if they see me sitting sobbing into the phone on the glider-rocker. Its not a matter of the neighbours thinking anything but they have had lots of guests today!
So, finally, I followed her advice and gave him 40ml of enriched BM and it went in fine and Wren fell asleep (finally). With the schedule so messed up I am not sure whether I am starving him or overfeeding him.