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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

No More G-Tube

Today Little Lovely got rid of his G-Tube!!!

Small recap, he was failure to thrive (after thriving for many months) and ended up not taking anything by mouth (oral aversion) for a loooonnnngggg time.  So adverse that he even stopped nursing.  He has had a G-Tube since Sept. 2007 and was solely fed through it for a long time.  Slowly but surely he started feeling better and acting like a "normal baby", exploring with things in his mouth etc.  As he started trying more and more foods, we decreased his G-tube feedings.

Our last dr visit I told our GI dr that I think we'll be done with it by the time you see us next!  He still hadn't mastered drinking well and was still getting supplemental feeds, but now, 2 months later, he's totally been off the tube at home for close to 2 months! I was very hopeful that today would be the day!

Our Dr is so cool. Plus, he knows me, he knows I've been through this before, he tends to let me do a lot on my own...which is great (usually). He trusts my opinion, trusts my knowledge, and totally partners with me...but today he forgot my "little" problem with stomach contents!  He asked me if I just wanted to take the G-tube out at home myself.  HECK NO I DON'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost didn't even want to be in the same room! I sure didn't look!  I dread changing that pad.....ewwwwwww.  But, now it's done! 

See the smiley baby? Bandaged up but no more tubey to play with!

It's actually an exciting time because my parents are coming in to town tomorrow and this will be their first time seeing him since they were here last Sept  (during his hospitalization).  He's looking so perky and alert and will be great for them to see him with no tubes!!!

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