Well we are going "natural" as in seeking natural alternatives to help us out with Wysdom. We had three appointments spread between Monday and Tuesday. Monday we spent the morning with Wysdom's pediatrician. He got all of his usual stuff done and then his round of RSV shots. He also got his g tube peeked at. Tuesday was a bit more packed. We drove out of town to see his ENT and later that same day at the same hospital saw his Pediatric Surgeon. Both appointments turned out to be very short and really did not provide any of the answers that we were looking for.
For the ENT appointment we were getting his ear tubes checked and also asking about what could be done about his poor sleeping patterns at night. We were basically told that nothing really could be done now. Wysdom was already agitated after the ear check so the ENT could not do much at the time. We told him our concerns with Wysdom's breathing and trouble sleeping. He said that really the only option would be surgery to remove the tonsils and adenoids and that is not our best option now as it is quite a hard surgery for little ones his age to go through. The other option was steroid's and he really doesn't believe they are all that effective and absorbed properly. So.....we are left to deal with his breathing issues on our own for now and if it continues to call back. We are guessing that it maybe sleep apnea and a combination of reflux. So we are going to look at the reflux issue and also have a meeting with our OT to look at alternative beds.
Second on our visit for the day was with the g tube DR. He looked at the tube and said he thought it looked good. I asked "At what point do you remove a g tube if there is continual infections?" He said that have rarely ever happened and that is not really an option. So "What can we do to prevent this?" He said to make sure that we don't allow the g tube to be pulled our caught on anything. "I don't allow it and we are very careful" was my reply. He also mentioned that it just could be Wysdom's flora on his skin and that he also may have a weakened immune system.
So here is where the natural part comes in. Julian and I talked and thought that yes maybe his immune system is low and he can't fight of these infections or heal properly. So we started him off on Probiotics and also a vitamin supplement. We are also going to try to get him off some of his pediasure feeds and move into real foods. Not sure how we are going to get there yet. He eats solids pretty well just in small amounts. So we will have to figure out how to make him hungry and lessen his pediasure intake so he can eat solids. All of you that have feeding issues know what I am talking about I am sure and you know that it is not that easy. However we must try. Overall the g tube is looking okay. I asked about using natural oils for the tube and the doctor said I could go ahead and try it. I just have to figure out what it would be. We are more than likely going to go to a ND for Wysdom to help us support him the best we can with the right products.
Not much else to report since this week has been taken up by medical appointments. I did manage to drop and drag Wysdom's favorite toy through the grease in the parking garage. All Julian and I can do is laugh. Poor little ducky!!We are living in a world of "organized chaos" right now and operate like a well oiled team of shift workers. He does his shift with the children while I sleep and vice versa. All in all we are making it work or our system is working for us. We sometimes struggle but we have the best two little motivators here with us.
We are so thankful for both Blyss and Wysdom. Wysdom graced us today with his swinging in his bouncy chair while clapping his hands to the tunes of Black Eyed Peas. Blyss on the other hand entertained her self using our new massage chair that we got for Christmas. When I came back from the kitchen she sat naked and crossed legged in a yoga pose in the massage chair. Let me just say I almost spit out my food. I had to contain my surprise and laughter. She told me she couldn't feel the massage with her clothes on. There is never a dull, boring moment over here:)