Plastic Straws on Nutricia Fortisip Compact Bottles
Before I write this post I would like to thank Nutricia
Not only did you probably help to save my life, the service I received from your call centres and drivers was 2nd to none – Thank you
In 2018 I was diagnosed with Jaw Cancer I believe the technical name for what I had was T4 N1 squamous cell carcinoma of the right mandible which was treated by right hemi-mandibulectomy and right neck dissection, with free fibula flap and chemoradiotherapy.
Basically they cut half my jaw away and rebuilt it with a bone from my leg
Now as you can imagine when they cut your jaw away like this you tend to be Nil by Mouth for a while, in my case I was like this for about 4 weeks in hospital until weaned on to ice creams, soups and pureed food.
In all this time in hospital (8 weeks in total on 1st 2 stays) I was being fed via a PEG tube direct in to my stomach.
My food intake consisted of overnight feed and 5 or 6 Nutricia Fortisips Compacts during the day, From my rough reckoning that’s about 300 fortisips during my 1st 8 weeks in hospital.
When I was discharged from hospital I was set up on the Nutricia home delivery system, which was absolutely brilliant.
I was initially receiving about 200 bottles of Fortisip a month, which carried on for about 6 months until I started eating more proper food and my weight was gradually increasing, and it was then that I reduced my Fortisips down to 3 or 4 a day.
3 or 4 months later this was down to 2 or 3 a day, I had my PEG removed but after that carried on having a couple a day, but by now was having them orally
I did a rough calculation and according to my math that’s over 2,000 bottles of Fortisip Compact over the year.
What’s the reason for this post about Fortisip Compact – I hear you say
The clue is in the photos above, as mentioned previously I’d consumed over 2,000 bottles with the vast majority 1,900+ via a feeding PEG direct in to my stomach.
With every bottle of fortisip you get a little plastic straw, now obviously when being fed via a PEG there’s not a lot of need for these straws (in fact even when drinking my Fortisips orally I never used the straws)
Now if my calculation of having 2,000 plus bottles of Fortisips in a year is correct, that also means I’ve had over 2,000 plus little plastic straws that never get used.
Here is a little suggestion for Nutricia – Supply Fortisips without plastic straws and make Sir David Attenborough happier 🙂
If you do supply them without straws already, let the nutritionists who prescribe them know.