Thursday, January 17, 2008

Feeding Trials

I've been doing feeding trials with Tommy for two days now. I am giving him colored water to teach him to swallow. (Okay, it's a koolaid pack dumped in a glass of water with no sugar) He acts like I asked him to eat worms or something! Really, its just because he has no idea that food is supposed to belong in his mouth. Imagine waking up tomorrow and the doctor told you to start practicing eating with your ear. Same concept. He's been fed through a tube since birth, so why should he want food now?

Saying all of that, things are going very well! Once the food is in his mouth, he swallows with no problems at all! He has not once aspirated. I am so happy! Now to get him to LIKE it!


Noahsmommy said...

YAY TOMMY! I watched the videos and was cheering him on and saying Yay when he would swallow. Once he gets it swallowed he has a look on his face like hey, this isnt too bad! I am so happy for you!

Awesome Mom said...

Maybe the Kool-aid is too sour for him. He is probably not used to that flavor.

Diagram of Tommy's Heart Defects

Diagram of Tommy's Heart Defects
Double Inlet Left Ventricle with Transpostion of the Great Arteries