Monday, May 27, 2013

What Thickness G-Tube Pad Should I Purchase?

In addition to the 3 different custom sizes of G Tube pads we offer, www.PatchworkPeddler.com also has 3 great thicknesses of Feeding Tube Pads to choose from. How do you know which works best for your Tubie? We did the best that we could to give the information to better help you decide.

What thickness of G tube pad do I choose?

Our variety of Feeding Tube Pads can be used with G-Tube (Gastronomy/Gastrostomy Tube where the tube goes into the stomach), J-Tube (Jejunal/Jejunostomy Tube where the tube enters the small intestine), GJ-Tube, or C-Tube (Cecostomy Tube where the tube enters the Large bowel). They can be used with the Button (standard or low-profile like the AMT), the BARD, PEG, or the traditional long feeding tube with or without a disk.

Patchwork Peddler offers 3 different thicknesses in our tube pads: Ultra Thin, Regular, Thick.  Patchwork Peddler sells many "button pads" (Feeding Tube Pads) each year and the most common thickness sold is "Regular".

“Why is the thickness so important,” you ask?

The ULTRA THIN Pad is the thinnest that we can offer and is approx 1.11mm thick, which is slightly thinner than a USD dime. It has the least amount of absorbency, but is perfect for those who have little drainage from stoma, have some light days, or those that are concerned with the thickness that goes between the belly and the button.

Our REGULAR Pad is by far the most common ordered thickness and sits approx 1.78mm thick, about the thickness of a USD nickel. This offers a greater amount of absorbency, yet helping keep the low profile look. Most of our customers claim to change these G Tube Pads once a day, but some still change a couple of times daily if they have heavier drainage days to help keep the granulation tissue away.

Our THICK Pad ranks third in popularity and has the Greatest amount of absorbency of all of our pads. These pads are 2.11mm thick, about the thickness of two USD dimes stacked. Although our pads do not typically curl, this thickness will have the least tendency to curl. These buttons work best for the heavy drainer. If you have really heavy drainage, our 3” thick pads are just for you!


What Size G-Tube Pads Should I Purchase?

Hi Tubies!

www.PatchworkPeddler.com has 3 great sizes of Feeding Tube Pads to choose from. But how do you know which size works the best for your tubie? We did the best that we could to give the information to better help you decide.

When choosing the size of your G Tube pads:

Our variety of Feeding Tube Pads can be used with G-Tube (Gastronomy/Gastrostomy Tube where the tube goes into the stomach), J-Tube (Jejunal/Jejunostomy Tube where the tube enters the small intestine), GJ-Tube, or C-Tube (Cecostomy Tube where the tube enters the Large bowel). They can be used with the Button (standard or low-profile like the AMT), the BARD, PEG, or the traditional long feeding tube with or without a disk.

Patchwork Peddler offers 3 different size feeding tube pads in 2", 2.5", & 3" diameters to better serve all of our customers. But which size is best for you? Out of the many pads Patchwork Peddler sells, the most commonly sold size is 2.5".

Our 2" inch feeding tube pad is most common with infants and small children. The downside to the 2" pad is that you do not get as much detail of the "picture" from the custom prints that we have to offer. The absorbency is less (because there is less of our wonderful bamboo material) than the other pads, but the absorbency is still great for many of our smaller sized customers!

The 2.5" g tube pad is our most common pad as it fits infants all the way through to larger adults. The absorbency rate and ability of these pads are usually more than sufficient for a daily change unless you have a lot of drainage, in which case you may get the 2.5" pad in a thicker form. Many of our older and more active customers prefer the 2.5" pads to keep a lower profile even while they are scuba diving! You get more detail with the 2.5 inch pads, and most of our fabric patterns will fit well in the 2.5" pad which is great for adults and teens too! This is the one that we would recommend the most, no matter the age.

The 3" pad is currently the largest feeding tube pad that we have to offer. With this size you will be able to get the most out of each fun print that we have to offer. Plus you will also get the extra absorbency because of the additional (awesome) Bamboo Fabric. Some find the 3” pads are too large, some find they are the perfect size. If you have a lot of drainage and find the 2.5” thick pads are not quite enough, the 3” pads are just what you need!

To help you with this important decision, we've made a printable guide for you to use. Just right click, save to your computer, and print (do not use scaling on your printer.. Print true-to-size) and follow the directions on the print-out. To view this guide, please visit: http://www.patchworkpeddler.com/what_size_s/1841.htm

Have you decided what size pad you need, but not sure on the thickness? See our other posts to help you better decide which of our custom pads will best suit your needs!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Can We Pray for You?

We strongly believe in the power of prayer. Jesus said, "Ask, and it shall be given unto you"... So let us help you ask, and please feel free to help us pray for the others on this prayer list. Whether you have health needs or a loved one with health needs, extensive medical bills, or a request for strength and encouragement, we'd be honored to help ask for God's hand on yours or a loved one's life.


How it works:

  • Post your prayer request in response to this blog. You may submit anonymously if you wish.
  • Since needs are ever changing, this blog will be up for one full month and then we will post a fresh Prayer Request blog post for you to update your prayer request(s).
  • Come here as often as you choose, to help pray for others requesting prayer!

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"Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually." (1 Chronicles 16:11 KJV).  
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7 KJV). 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Blog Intro

Let's start this off Right!


We are super excited to start our new blog. We will be sharing with you GREAT resources, offering encouragement, and helping you to conquer problems and/or obstacles that are oftentimes approached when living with medical interventions such as feeding tubes and trachs. We'll also be sharing information on our products and how they may help you or your loved ones, and help you keep up-to-date with Patchwork Peddler and ways to help the many beloved non-profit organizations!

We are looking forward to sharing all of the wonderful information we find and strive to help everyone be informed and raise positive awareness for the many rare (or not-so-rare) medical issues we face today.

And to top it all off, we'll be doing our GIVEAWAYS Here!

So... To start... How about a Giveaway??

We will be giving away a FREE Custom G Tube set. 5 Custom G Tube pads, 1 Custom waterproof wetbag, and 1 Port Pod™ (you choose the color). To get more information on these products please visit http://www.patchworkpeddler.com. Below you will see the ways to gain entries to this giveaway.



Here's how to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This contest will go on until Saturday night, October 6th, at 11:59pm Eastern time and we will post the winner on Sunday morning, October 7th!