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.