Three years since I have came home from hospital with my peg feed after my sepsis. It has been a learning curve of a journey with great deal of highs and lows. I’m very fortunate to have a fantastic support network; the lifesaving NHS staff, including hospital consultants/nurses/dieticians, GP surgery, home visit team, CENT team and my excellent regular community visits I could not do without from my district nurses; amongst other things they deal with my dressings, peg feed and administer my lanreotide, the emotional support they offer is invaluable.
One of the members of the CENT team comes to see me on a regular basis. I get weighed, we discuss how life has been for me. How I have been , what meds I’m on and what feeds are going down my peg. They are always on the end of the phone if I feel the need to talk in between visits or if I have a question/queerie/worry. A great friendly bunch.
Kat from the CENT team at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary came to see me on Monday. We had a good chat and discussed my feeding regime and the speed of the pump. I told her the great news that we managed a wee break to Ibiza. My son Stuart telephoned the airline and told them about my medical condition and that I needed the pump feed and 4 bottles of 500ml per day and 5 bottles of 300mls per day – working out to quite a weight. The airline agreed to give me free 30 kg baggage there and back. Certainly cannot complain about that. After our general discussions I stood on the scales. Not happy; either of us. I’m 3kg lighter than when I came home with the peg feed fitted 3 years ago. I could have cried. I could tell Kat knew I was disappointed, I couldn’t hide it. Kat mentioned how well the tpn worked when I was in hospital. I agreed, that was what saved me and put on the weight when I had my sepsis. She recommends that she writes to my consultant and let him know and suggest that I get a central line – picc or hickman and get home tpn as well as my peg. Got my cardiologist in December and see my consultant after the year; will discuss this weightloss and eating regime then.