Since the middle of last week, Connie seems to be throwing up more. Basically every time he is due for a feeding and he's not sleeping, he throws up and now he's even waking up to throw up some of them. I put a call into the GI doctor but haven't heard anything back yet.
The dietician from First Steps came out today and we discussed this recent development and I shared my concern that he seems to be going backwards a bit as far as the oral aversion is concerned. He is less interested in doing oral practice and is back to shaking his head "no" most of the time I offer. Child Development warned that he may be getting to the point where he will associate even sitting in the high chair with throwing up and gagging and not want to be there. Long story short, I'm going to ask the doctor if there is a point where we can pull the NG out and try to get him to take something orally. The problem is that it is unlikely he will take enough to sustain him, let alone make him grow. There are products to thicken liquids (for those with swallowing disorders) and those that add a large amount of calories. One such product contains 330 calories in just 1.5 oz. of liquid. If we could just get him to drink about 3 a day (a total of 4.5 oz.) we'd be great. Then there's still the problem of getting him to take his meds orally. Who knows. I just know that I'd like to avoid the G-tube surgery at all cost but he needs to lose this NG tube ASAP. The fact that he's puking before a feeding is even all the way in (sometimes before it is even 1/2 way in) leads us to believe it is not an intolerance problem but a gagging one. All this blabber leads me to what I really wanted to post about. Tonight at our parish mission, the visiting priest passed out prayer cards with the Vincentian Mission Prayer written by St. John Gabriel Perboyre, C.M. He told about how so many miracles have been reported from those who prayed this prayer daily. Greg and I are going to start praying this prayer daily for healing for Conway that he will stop this vomiting and relearn to eat. We would like those that are so inclined to do the same. The best part of the prayer is that nowhere in it does it ask for a miracle. I think you'll love it. Here goes:
Divine Savior, transform me into Yourself.
May my hands be Your hands.
May my tongue be Your tongue.
Grant that every faculty of my body
may serve only to glorify You.
Above all, transform my soul
and all its powers,
that my memory, my will and
my affections, may be the memory,
the will and the affections of You.
I pray You to destroy in me,
all that is not of You.
Grant that I may live but in You,
and by You, and for You,
and that I may truly say with St. Paul,
"I live now, not I, but Christ lives in me."