If you are up late and reading this, could you please pray? Something is wrong with the feeding tube/pump/bag - I don't know which or what. *sigh* Just when we figured out a placement for the tube that isn't getting yanked out, I'm wondering if I'm going to have to pull it and start over.
I tried doing a feeding about 12:30. She was awake but wouldn't take the bottle. I tried this for a short while, but when it was evident that she wouldn't take it, I hooked her up to the pump. It ran fine for awhile and then began beeping with "flow error" messages. I tried all that I could think of to get it to work. I drained the bag, and restarted it. I shook up the formula to see if any of the added powder had settled. I tried resetting the pump. All of that still resulted in the flow errors. (Did I mention that this equipment came with no manual to help with any problems? Thankfully I had read the manual that came with the first pump we had and know at least some of the common problems.)
When I drained the bag a second time it seemed like there had been no difference in the amount of formula in the bag - even though it had been running. I'm not sure if there is a clog in "her" tubing. I tried flushing her tube with water. It went, but was a little difficult to push in. I also tried "listening" to her stomach with the stethoscope, and while I heard a noise, it didn't sound like it normally does. I'm not sure though if that is because it isn't empty like it normally is when I check tube placement prior to a feeding or if it's clogged or what.
I've been praying for wisdom. I really don't know what to do. It's late and not like I can phone anyone. The pump has no directions and I can't find anything on-line. (I really don't see what could be malfunctioning here though as I've checked as much on that as I can and it seems to be working fine.) The only next step I can see is to remove Eliana's tube. I just don't want to do that. It hurts her. I'm concerned about damaging her throat with the reinsertion.
I was so excited to have had this tube in for a week! That's the longest in quite a long while. I was hoping to make it until next week so that we could stretch out the times between tube placement.
Could you join me in praying for wisdom? I know that God promises to supply wisdom and I really need it. You could also pray that I wouldn't continue to be frustrated with my dh who went to sleep while I'm up trying to figure this out. I know he doesn't know what to do either. Being a parent is hard sometimes - but I wouldn't trade it for the world!
ETA: Just found instructions on line about the feeding pump and I'm going to go check out each one of the possible reasons for errors. Here's a link if anyone is interested.
Thank you friends!
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