Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Swallow Test

As you all know, Graham has been on a feeding tube since he started back on food again a month and half ago. He failed the swallow test a month ago when we were still in the hospital because he was aspirating the liquid when he drank.
We were all anxiously awaiting the test today since Graham has grown a bit and is much stronger than he was.
Well, the G-Man has proven that he is now a good test taker! No more aspirating! He is still having some difficulty swallowing, the milk pools and sometimes will start to penetrate the vocal cords (beginnings of aspiration) but will correct itself and go down the right tube.
The part Graham did the best on was the baby food. Since it's a little thicker he did better with it.
We have gotten the go ahead to start Graham on a bottle. 10ml twice a day. Now 10ml isn't that much, but it's a start and will get G aquainted with eating a new way. The rest of his feeding will be through his feeding tube. We were also given the go ahead to give him some nibbles of babyfood throughout the day as well.
We'll slowly increase the amount he's getting through the bottle based on what Graham tolerates. Another swallow test in 6 weeks!
With Graham turning 4 months tomorrow, Bill and I couldn't help but reminise on those months on the way to Riley today. We just shake our heads at what our little guy had to go through and it still brings tears to our eyes. One thing we both agree on is that we couldn't have gotten through what we did without the love and support of our friends and families. We survived because of you and I know we say it all the time, but Thank You.


  1. Great news! As we've said before, "Baby steps"! Still praying for everything to continue going well for Graham.
    Love to all!

  2. I'm so happy that you are continuing to get good news! I love the Easter pictures, Graham is so cute!!! We'll continue to keep you in our prayers!!!!!

  3. We know from our own experience with little grandson Joe [the other Katie's son] that one can never say thanks enough for those who get us through the tough times! But Hooray! for the G Man. And I agree with him; I like solid food best, too.

  4. Way to go Graham!! Very happy you guys are doing so well!

  5. Well done, Graham! All that studying for the big test paid off hahaha. I know from several friends whose mothers have had strokes that the thicker food goes down a lot better, and I'm sure he will thrive on the baby food. I'm sure you are both relieved at this proof of continued progress, even tho' he isn't completely off the tube yet. It will come. Confidence!!

  6. It's wonderful to see Graham progressing so well. Stuart still struggles with being congested. Going to Dr. today to check into allergies. Not fun, but hope to get to the bottom of this. We welcome Grandpa and Grandma Ryder to IN permanently now!!