Sunday, May 31, 2009

G-Tube Feeding

These past two days at Children's Hospital have been pretty routine. Our nurses have been wonderful and Noah's monitors have been very kind and are not beeping unnecessarily. Kc and I have learned how to feed Noah through his new G-Tube. It looks just like the "plug" on a beach ball – you know, the thing you would use to blow up the ball.
We use special tubes that lock into the G-Tube. So far, Noah has tolerated his feeds quite well. He started out with 30 ml (that's one ounce) every three hours and we have added 5 ml to each feed. We're hoping to get up to 100 ml (just over three ounces) per feeding. If Noah can tolerate that amount, Dr. Hodge says we can go home tomorrow. Yippee!!! Noah enjoys "helping" me hold the syringe. The most amazing part about this weekend has been the lack of vomit. Noah normally pukes after every feed. We wake up at least once every night to clean him and the mess he makes. He goes through a minimum of four changes of clothing every day. Because of the fundoplication procedure, Noah now smells like a baby rather than acid and curdled milk. It has truly been a glorious couple of days.

8 comments:

  1. We were thinking of you all weekend and are so happy that all procedures went well. Hooray for "dry" feedings! Looking forward to seeing more chub in the near future :)
    The Cunninghams

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  2. How WONDERFUL to have Noah tolerate his milk and NO more spit-ups. I pray he continues with this and you can go back home with a stronger, baby-smelling Noah! Love and hugs, Cuz Sue

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  3. Praise God! There's nothing better then seeing the intended results come to light!! Here's to sweet-smelling babies and coming home :-)

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  4. I'm so glad to hear that everything is working out so well with Noah's procedures. Hopefully he'll continue to keep his food down. Love you guys.

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  5. So happy to hear this wonderful news!
    Baby Noah is quite a little track star: jumping all the hurdles with grace and elan'. What a winner!

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  6. So happy to hear that everything went well and that Noah is recovering. We will be praying that you all will get to go home soon and that Noah will quickly have lots more chub rolls to love!
    The MonPere Family

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  7. Woo hoo! Here's to modern medicine and to a new lack of vomit!

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  8. Yay! So glad all went well. Now, it will be even easier for him to pack on the pounds. He will be gaining weight in no time. Keep up the good work, Noah!

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