How to Prime Tube Feeding Bag

Priming the bag for use in an Infinity® pump

When preparing for a tube feed, one of the first steps is to do something called “priming the line” or “priming the bag”. What this refers to is filling the tubing of the feed bag with the liquid nutrition that is going to be fed. This way there isn’t air being introduced into the patients GI tract. But did you know there is more than one way to prime the bag? Some of them are faster than others. Continue reading “How to Prime Tube Feeding Bag”

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Nighttime Routine

Bedtime with feeding tubes and injections

Our daughter Maddison has never been one where we could just put her in a fresh pair of pyjamas and a clean diaper and lay her down to sleep. Because of Maddison’s disabilities, her nighttime routine is a little more complex. Getting her ready for bedtime includes some unusual steps; which includes a feeding tube and an injection. We recorded a video for our YouTube channel showcasing our nighttime routine for putting Maddison to bed.

I’ve put a link to the video in this post.

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Graduating from the G/J tube

Graduation from Maddison’s G-J-tube to a G-tube

It’s been a long road to get where we are. Even the conversation around changing Maddison’s feeding tube from a g/j to a g-tube felt like only a dream just a few months ago. Yet here we are, the day finally came. March 9th 2019 marks the day we said goodbye to Maddison’s g/j feeding tube, and hello to the new g-tube.

*Video of tube change included* Continue reading “Graduating from the G/J tube”

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Feeding Update: Feeding Into The Stomach

Trialing a transition from J-tube feeding to G-tube feeding (Feeding Into The Stomach)

I’ll start with a little feeding history of our daughter Maddison:

Maddison has been tube fed her entire life. It all started with what I shared in her birth story – that when she was born we knew something wasn’t quite right. We discovered in our NICU stay that Maddison had a bulbar dysfunction and lacked the ability to suck and swallow. Continue reading “Feeding Update: Feeding Into The Stomach”

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A Day at the Hospital

12-hr hospital trip and answers

On November 13, 2018 we had 3 appointments out at BC Children’s Hospital for Maddison. We were doing the 2-hour drive in on a beautiful sunny day from Chilliwack to Vancouver, BC. There was a lot of anticipation for the appointments ahead, and apparently a lot of nerves as well. A Day at the Hospital. Continue reading “A Day at the Hospital”

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We’re on YouTube!

Meet a Family of Ohs

On October 26, 2018, we took the plunge and launched our family’s YouTube channel! We’ve been sharing our life on our blog here, as well as our social media channels through Facebook and Instagram. But we’ve been wanting to be able to reach a larger audience – and hopefully impact more people – so we made our first YouTube video. Continue reading “We’re on YouTube!”

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Camping trip 2018

Our greatest adventure yet: camping with our Tubie

There is no doubt that I was extremely wary about taking Maddison along for our first camping trip. You see, a toddler who is fed through a feeding tube, and camping, aren’t really two things that go hand-in-hand.

But we don’t want Maddison’s medical conditions to give us an illusion that she is limited when she actually isn’t. Continue reading “Camping trip 2018”