Even though Little Disney’s health problems has reduced my life span by about 50 million years, I love him with all my heart and spleen.
The good news is that Little Disney is off the GN (gastric nasal) feeding tube. The doctor said he has been on it too long. The GN tube is only suppose to be a short-term solution (one or two months). Our little one had been on the GN-tube for five months. Even though he has been gaining weight with the GN tube (he reached the 30th percentile), the doctor said it was time for the G-tube (gastric feeding tube). The G-tube requires drilling a hole into the tummy and inserting the feeding tube directly into the stomach.
We were not in favor of the G-tube (no dad or mom in their right mind would want someone drilling a hole into their child’s stomach) so the doctor agreed to let our child try to sustain himself without a tube for a week. The first week was awful — the little stinker lost about two pounds. That’s a lot for someone his size. It usually takes him about a month to gain two pounds with the gastric nasal tube shoved up his nose and down his throat. After begging to hold off on the feeding tube for another week, things turned around for Little Disney. He didn’t regained the two pounds he lost in the first week, but he did eat enough to gain 7 ounces in the second week. Yay! He also sleeps better at night now (8+ hours). Double yay! We’re crossing our fingers and hoping the third week will go well too.
[Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by my spleen. The spleen is an organ that removes old red blood cells and holds an emergency reserve of blood. It is part of the lymphatic system. The spleen fights infection and keeps body fluids in balance. It contains white blood cells that fight germs. The spleen synthesizes antibodies and removes antibody-coated bacteria and antibody-coated blood cells.