Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 188: For the record

This week, we began our adventure in eating therapy. On the recommendation of our dietitian, I contacted a private clinic here in Madison that does feeding therapy and set up an introductory consultation and visit to the clinic. The day of the appointment arrived, and I was extremely encouraged by the following piece of dialog that occurred as I attempted to convince the star of the show that we should leave the house:
Lemon: Where are we going? 

Mama Bear: We are going to a special clinic to talk to someone about eating, to see if we can find more things that you like to eat. 

Lemon: Will there be toys there?

Mama Bear: Yes, there will probably be some toys in the waiting room that you can play with. And then we will go to talk to someone about eating.

Lemon: And I will tell them, "NO!"

On that note, we drove over to the clinic where, thankfully, there were a bunch of toys that Lemon could look at. We met with someone on the staff there who did a quick interview to assess our situation. I gave her a summary of Lemon's eating habits, such as they are, and then she asked me to list some foods that he will eat. I listed red pepper, donut, pepperoni, ice cream, apple, cheese, and Pirate's Booty. She reviewed the list and said, "Well, he doesn't seem to have a problem with textures at least." So, that seemed positive. After touring the facility, we went home to complete a three-day eating diary and a bunch of other forms. I will now share with you, for the record, the entirety of what Lemon has consumed by mouth in the last 72 hours:

Saturday: 2/3 slice white toast with Nutella; 1 gum ball (this came on the top of a rather magnificent-looking Easter-themed donut where the gum ball represented an egg, and I cannot tell you how delighted Lemon was when I explained to him that gum was a food that you chewed and then spit into a napkin instead of swallowing, he could scarcely believe his luck); 1/4 slice American cheese, 1/8 slice pepperoni, 6 1-inch cubes cantaloupe.

Sunday: 2 cubes of watermelon, 2 pieces of Pirate's Booty, 1/3 juice box (at his friend's birthday party); 3 tablespoons chocolate ice cream

Monday: 4 Teddy Grahams, 1 oz milk; 1 oz milk

That's it. Maybe 400 calories in 3 days if you round up. Kind of a long way from the 1500-2000 calories a day that he needs. So, this marks our starting point, and we'll see where we go from here. At least we have a lot of room for improvement?

Papa Bear joked that just for comparison I should keep a 3-day diary for Lime, but I can't simultaneously do that and prevent him from snatching a stick of butter off the counter and taking a big bite out of it, so I'll have to pass. 

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