Monday, May 9, 2011

feeding update...

Dilation…to most not a big deal…or wonder what is that? to Maddie’s and me…it has made eating time survivable…dilation for Maddie is a stretching of the esophagus….the other day Chad said…Kim you do realize it is not normal for someone to eat for an hour…I responded- but it is our normal…the dilation that Maddie had the last time she had a constricted airway…has allowed her to eat our food…no more baby food…she is now eating shredded (pre-chewed like) smaller then a cheerio…steak, pork chop, noodles, rice, broccoli flower, anything that is easily mashed…so most food is fair game…this is a huge step for Maddie and has made for a happier girl…since her dilation March 2nd we have only had one choking incident…pre-dilation it was at every meal every day…she has also begun to chew and swallow…she really seems to be getting the hang of what her mouth is supposed to do! Maddie can now chew a whole cheeto and cheerio…no sucking…just chewing…Maddie has also began to have real interest in self feeding…yesterday she was able to grab pieces of steak and put them in her mouth! huge steps for my little girl….so all that is left is the medications…I was so eager to get her off…now I ask why…why be in such a hurry…they are helping…they are doing there job…no side effects -yet…so the worry has passed…all we need now is teeth…

6 comments:

  1. I am so excited to hear all of this wonderful progress. I cannot imagine how tough this part of the road has been for all of you. It sounds like the worst is behind and good eating days ahead! :)

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  2. That is wonderful news! So happy for both of you!

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  3. Hurray for you and for Maddie!!! I've said it before but I just can't imagine all of the stress these feeding issues have caused! I'm glad there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that she is making such wonderful progress...soon it will be a distant memory! :)

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  4. That's FANTASTIC news! YAY MADDIE! I'm so happy for you, Kim! :)

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  5. You Go Maddie...you are AMAZING!

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  6. Thats great news, for the both of you! Yaay Maddie :)

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