Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Some new takes on Ellie's treatment
The big news today is that Ellie started feeds again, but this time, instead of feeding her through her G-tube, Abby suggested that we try feeding her through her mouth. At 9 this morning Ellie got 3 cc's of food ( a cc is about the volume of a quarter), so she got a tiny 75 cent stack, but kept it down well enough to get another 3 cc's at 3 this afternoon and if all goes well (cross those fingers) she will get another in six hours. If her past feedings have been any indications she gets backed up at about 6 cc's and this will give her time to work through the feeding before getting another blast of food.
The doctor is behind this and told us that processing the food through her mouth is preferable to feeding throughthe g-tube since it will stimulate her mouth, stimulate her salivary glands, digest some of the food in her mouth and stimulate her liver, which we always like.
Ellie also met the 'healing touch' nurse today who explained the 'energies surrounding her body' and the ways to use her energies to help her bowels work. The funny thing for me is that the 'healing touch' nurse rarely touched Ellie and just passed her hands above her body.
Who am I to judge, though? I'll take anything to help her bowels and it can't hurt, right?
We did learn some baby massage techniques which we defintely will use.