Sunday, August 8, 2010
Feeding Tube vs Weight Gain
I was told that having a nasal gastric tube in was a sure fire way to "fatten" me up and to help me to grow. After having my night feeds for 7 weeks now, I have now puzzled doctors... I have still put on the same amount of weight as I was normally without the tube.
The thing is having the tube in has made me not want to eat like I did normally during the day, I gag on my foods - and I have started being sick on formula during the night because of it. It has been suggested that I now be fed through my NGT for day time feeds too- not something I want to do. The truth is I LOVE FOOD, I LOVE TO EAT it makes me excited and my eyes sparkle and dance.
Mum has this great cookbook that my Aunty Megan found for me called Wholefood for children by Jude Blereau. She got it just before I went on night feeds, and it has some great tasting receipes in it with ingredients that we hadn't even heard of and we are itching to see if they work for me.
Mum took my tube out last night to give me a couple of days break, ( I have been vomiting so much these last few nights) and this morning I ate a HUGE bowl of yummy cereals (semolina, wheatgerm and maple syrup) Mmmmm!
I think that for me food is the best way to help me grow. Before my tube was in place I weighed 6.78 kgs and after a month using it I weighed 6.83kgs.
I am not skinny - just little - just me, with lots still to learn about eating.