Well I guess I was a bit overconfident about my g-tube skills because we had to head back to the ER tonight to check out his tube. This afternoon when I went to give him his meds, there was all sorts of dried blood around his button; something that has never happened before. I was pretty concerned not only because of the blood, but because I had just replaced the g-tube myself on Saturday. So I attempted to contact the GI doctors that saw Stephen in the NICU, but didn't have any luck since it was already 4:15 pm. Then I called the pediatrician who suggested I clean the incision site and then watch it over the next day or two to see if looked infected. If it started to look infected or bleed again, they told me to take him to the ER. Yippee.
I cleaned the whole site like I do each day (and what I did this morning after his bath) and it looked really normal. So I figured no big deal after all. Well three hours later I checked it again and what did I find? More blood. So off to the ER we went.
Two ER doctors (one of which had no idea how to hook up the connector piece to the g-tube button), three nurses, two x-rays, and four explanations later about Stephen (no he really doesn't have any kidneys), we were sent home. Although not without a quick visit to see some of our friends in the NICU! And....we'll be back at the hospital tomorrow (again) for routine labs. We just can't stay away from our home away home I guess.