|Faith's learning area, lots of things relating to food|
She is starting to talk again and she was happy to have a book read to her this morning as previously she was just to tired. Faith still doesn't want to play but small steps in the right direction. She is looking more alert and is much more vocal in her actions, saying up up when she has had enough food to whining when she doesn't get it her way. Today she hasn't had as much blended food as yesterday but that's ok, Faith needs to choose to eat and lead us the way she needs it to run. We keep offering but only twice and then start playing again or do something else. Offering a short while later. It is hard to watch when I really want her to eat more and she doesn't want any more.
It is 36 degrees plus here today so I am very grateful for our new home with its air conditioning, with Faith not drinking a lot we can't let her get dehydrated. We still have had a higher than normal temp for Faith in the morning and each day since Friday we have wondering what it is about. It leaves as quickly as it comes but still concerning. But after some more brainstorming we came to the conclusion it might be that one of her medications isn't being adsorbed as consistently as when it went down her NG tube. We were weaning her off gabapentin before we took her tube and still are. After some reading on the net we thought it might be the gabapentin doing it. As she was on it for neuropathic pain and so her body is probably just trying to sort out its new rhythm. The temperature isn't lasting as long each day now and is not affecting her as much.
It is good to just be at home and find a new routine as we don't have one. Faith used to have one sleep in the middle of the day, now she has two but as I say this, she is lying in bed complaining and every now and then talking, this is her second rest, maybe she doesn't need it, oh, so confusing. The breeze is hot and my washing drys nearly instantly all the while I am inside drinking hot tea. There is so much change around us, Faith has one less tube on and now when she is asleep I don't have to stand over her cot pushing blended food down her NG tube.
I am still using the same recipe for her homemade blend just adding a bit of fresh juice and electrolyte to it so it isn't so thick. I didn't expect her to drink her blend as I thought she would go straight to purees but the speech pathologist did tell me that Faith has to learn to eat all over again so going to a sippy cup to drink her food is just a step in getting her to eat via a spoon eventually, small steps. Faith slept through to 5am this morning which is a huge improvement on 2am feeds but I nearly was glad of a 2am feed so that she got more food into her but very pleased for the sleep just the same.