Look at this photo from two years ago! I can’t believe my baby boy has had two years with the g-tube button. He had the surgery more than two years ago, then they inserted the button three months after the surgery. He has come so far since that day.
Yesterday, his lead therapist told me that of the people in her picky eaters program, he is the easiest. The easiest! I couldn’t believe it. Images from the past two years of therapy and struggles popped into my mind. I am infinitely thankful for the therapists that he has had, both past and present. The early therapists really laid the groundwork for him, providing him and us with tools to overcome his anxieties with food. His current therapists are gently pushing his boundaries, allowing him to grow and change.
If you’re just starting this process and your child doesn’t have a physical limitation for oral intake (or has gastroparesis that he may potentially outgrow, like C), I want to encourage you. It seems like such a terrifying process. Progress is slow and painstaking at times. Sometimes it may feel like you took one step forward only to take two steps back. But it is worth it. Progress, no matter how slow, is so very worth every appointment and battle of wills that we go through.
Wishing you all a wonderful rest of your week!