This afternoon I took Raya in for a weight check. (Since she had lost a few ounces between her last 2 GI appointments, they had us come back.) Today she weighed 10.76kg, or to those of us who don't speak metric, 23 lbs 11.6 oz. That's 5 oz more than she weighed exactly a month ago today so not a great month for weight gain, but at least it was a gain & not another loss, right? :)
Anyway, when I was sitting in the waiting room, there was a lady there that I had chatted with a little bit last month. Her son is almost 2 and has had an NG tube for the last 10 months. He has been diagnosed as failure to thrive (FTT) like Raya was and refuses to eat & drink. His symptoms are a little different than hers but still a pretty similar story. When I talked to her last month, she asked me a few questions about Raya getting a G tube (when, how long we waited, if we're glad we did it, etc.). Today, we had a pretty similar conversation but she was asking more questions, like whether Raya can lay on her stomach or not and things like that. Reading between the lines, I could tell that she is in the same position that I was in a few months ago.
I didn't get to talk to her for very long but the questions she was asking got me thinking about the reasons we decided to go ahead and get Raya a G tube and get rid of the NG tube. It was a decision that we thought about, talked about, prayed about and agonized over for months. Deciding whether or not to cut a hole in your kid's stomach isn't something to take lightly and we definitely didn't. Since I never really went in-depth into why we decided to go ahead with the G tube, I'll try to remember and do it now. :)
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