My PEG site has been bothering me for a couple of days, and flushing it had become increasingly uncomfortable which I mentioned during my On Treatment Visit today in radiology. Several phone calls later, I was seen by a PA in the clinic, and after she made some phone calls I was sent down to the brand new CT machine for an abdominal series. Got a call a couple of hours later, the bumper is in my abdominal muscle, not in the stomach! So tomorrow, before my 9:15am radiation, and my third chemo infusion, I will have the tube removed. The plan is to let the site heal for a couple of days and then send me to interventional radiation in the hopes that they can insert a new one without having to go to the OR.
Me and devices? We don't get along so well.
Stage IV SCC lt lateral tongue, surgery 5/19/08 (partial gloss/upper neck dissection left side/radial free flap reconstruction) IMRT w/weekly Cisplatin & Erbitux 6/30/08, PEG 1 6/12/08 - out 7/14 (in abdominal wall, not stomach), PEG 2 7/23/08 - out 11/20/08, Tx done 8/18/08
Second SCC tumor, Stage 1, rt mobile tongue, removed 10/18/2016, right neck dissection 12/9/2016
Third SCC tumor, diagnosed, 4/19/2108, rt submandibular mass, HPV-, IMRT w/ weekly Cisplatin, 5/9 - 6/25/2018, PEG 3 5/31/2018