"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Drumroll Please. . .

Because Connie gets to stay tubeless! We visited Dr. Brady today and I took along the food log of what he's been eating since Saturday and she was very impressed. She said as long as his weight stays okay (he loses less than a pound) she doesn't want the tube put back in. "We've got to strike while the iron is hot," was her comment about taking advantage of his interest right now. She said that with him drinking the whole milk and half and half as well as he is, there's no need to push any peptamen. She said for extra calories we can try adding carnation instant breakfast to his milk and another heart mom suggested putting avocado in fruit smoothies (thanks, Lisa!). I am so excited to feed him tomorrow. Dr. Brady was so excited for us. She called him a walking miracle and I shared with her our story from Easter mass and the stranger that foretold of his healing. She spent an extra 10-15 minutes in the exam room with us playing with Connie and watching him show off all his new tricks. Next time I get impatient with a doctor when they are not on time for an appointment, I'm going to remember today. She could have said that's great and left, but she took the time to kind of celebrate with me. It was a nice moment. We go back in a month and she wants the dietician to keep her updated with weight checks. After leaving there, we went down the hall to say hi to Dr. Bromberg's staff. Nurse Colleen was so excited to see him without his tube. They offered him a lollipop and we picked orange. He held on it and sucked and sucked and sucked. I was surprised (and relieved) he didn't try to bite it. On the way home we stopped by and visited all my friends at Harris Elementary (where I used to teach) because I couldn't resist the chance to show off WonderBoy! They were so pleased to see him doing so well. Finally we stopped off to see Grandma and Grandpa George for a minute before returning home for a late nap. He woke up at dinner time and ate like a champ. Greg fed him his bedtime snack and gave him his meds. I almost forgot to mention, Dr. Brady took Connie off the drug Reglan. Now he's only on three meds, 2X/day. When we go back in a month, if he's doing well, she'll take him off the Prevacid too! Unbelievable!

For those that want the boring details, here's what he ate today:
1 jar guava dessert mixed with cream of wheat with butter and sugar mixed in
4 oz. whole milk (the first 20 cc's was polishing off the rest of the half and half)
1/2 jar strawberry applesauce with oatmeal
1/2 jar vegetable beef soup
2 oz. whole milk
10 tsp. mixed berry yogurt
6 tsp. whipped cream
1/3 cup chicken noodle soup
4 bites of banana cream pie yogurt
3 oz. whole milk
1 jar peaches


marybelle said...

Wow!!!! Can't wait to see him on Friday.

Danielle said...

Congrats-- This is such a blessing.

Sandy Juhala said...

Hey! We are so excited for you! Connie is such a handsome little man! It must be great not to have to worry about that tube anymore. Thanks for the updates - we'll keep praying for HUGE gains! :)