Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Food Attack Trial

Monday Sophia and I went to see our speech specialist at Riley and got an exciting homework project to start working on :)  We are going to do a 2 day trial where I will feed Sophia regular foods every 2 hours in the morning, then I will give her a tube feeding and flush at naptime and then we will do 3 more feedings in the late afternoon/evening, every 2 hours, and then end the day with her 9pm tube feeding.  So Sophia will wake up at 7:30 am and I will give her breakfast, bacon of course :), and then I will give her a snack at 9:30 and lunch around 11:30am.  All of these meals will be given without the tube feedings.  So if she's hungry, or thirsty, she'll need to eat, and drink, by mouth.  Then she'll get her PediaSure, through her tube, around 2pm, and then a snack at 3:30, supper at 5:30 and another snack at 7:30.  All of these will also be given without any tube feedings, just oral intake.  Then she will get a second tube feed of PediaSure at 9pm and we will start this all over again on day 2.  Our goal is to get her to take in as close to the same amount of calories that she would normally get with her missed tube feeds, but with real food and drinks :)  After two days we'll see how things are going, tweek the kinks out and try again in about 2 weeks, unless things go unusually great, then we can just keep going.  But we're taking baby steps here and I don't expect her to just start eating and decide she no longer needs the tube, but I'm excited because we've never done this before and it will leave room for her to be hungry and thirsty and we know she can both eat and drink, it's just getting her more motivated to do both!  Wish us luck, we plan on trying this out at the end of the week, and we'll keep you posted on how it goes!!!  Here's to some good eating! 

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