[A makeshift clothes line made by tying yarn up on a bookshelf. Clipped to it are three cloth circles. One is a yellow cat on a black background, another is light brown owls on a light green background, and the last is blue flowers on a white background.]
I don't normally advertise products here, but I thought anyone using a feeding tube might be interested in these things. They are called Trendie Tubies. They are absorbent cloth pads, in a variety of styles, designed to be used around the opening of your feeding tube once it's healed enough to stop needing the kind of dressings you might need right after the surgery.
I absolutely love them. They're absorbent, they're comfortable, they don't feel anything as awful as having dressings taped to your skin. They're very soft. And they have all kinds of neat designs. My favorite is the owls. Here is a picture of what they look like when they're being used:
[Photo of a Trendie Tubies thing with blue flowers, on a GJ tube over light skin with blue clothes surrounding it.]
They have a little Velcro thing you can't see, so they can fit around all different sizes and kinds of tubes.
Here's what their About page says, so I don't end up paraphrasing it:
Trendie Tubies Accessories are hand crafted by a Mother-Daughter Duo.
All items are handcrafted and not mass produced so each item is unique and will not be uniform.
Trendie Tubies are a comfortable & absorbent machine washable pad that helps with the leakage that is common with G-tubes,
J-tubes and GJ-tubes. They work for both button tubes and peg tubes and even trach's!
Each Trendie Tubie Accessory is approximately 2 3/4 inches round and made up of 3 layers of fabric sewn together.
-The top layer is a soft flannel with a cute design of your choice.
-The middle layer is cotton terry cloth to absorb any moisture and leakage.
-The bottom layer is fleece for a soft comfortable feeling next to the skin preventing irritation and granulation tissue.
-They have a small Velcro tab for easy closure and are double zig-zag stitched to minimize fraying edges.
All materials have been pre-washed.
Allergy Alert – We have an extended family of dogs, cats & horses…be aware just in case allergies are a concern.
We strive for 100% customer satisfaction.Your comments & feedback are always appreciated.
I bought one for every day of the week. Three owls, two cats, two flowers. I can't recommend them highly enough. And I'm posting this because, as far as I know, most people haven't heard of things like this. The VNA wanted me using gauze dressings the rest of my life, which I really didn't want. They say they're machine washable but we've been hand washing them because it's more convenient, then hanging them up on the bookcase to dry.