Here's a quick version of a very long story of why Cade could not eat - heart surgery caused vocal cord paralysis which increases risk of aspiration (food in lungs), passed first swallow study, started learning to eat in NICU, failed 2nd swallow study, stopped all oral feeds, passed third swallow study, could start learning again but had already passed crucial window of opportunity to learn. All of that plus a huge oral aversion caused by breathing tube, CPAP mask, nasal cannula, oral feeding tube, nasal gastric feeding tube, 3 swallow studies, upper GI, and 4 scopes shoved down his throat to look at vocal cords. Do you blame him for not wanting anything in his mouth? I have included a look back at all the stuff Cade has had to endure in, on, and around his mouth.
Cade at 1 month old on a ventilator with an oral feeding tube.
Camdyn and Cade on CPAP with oral feeding tubes.
Camdyn and Cade with cannulas and nasal gastric feeding tubes. (They are so sweet here.)
Cade still with an ng tube. He had it for 9 months!
Cade with his helmet. This had nothing to do with his oral aversion. I only included it to show how much my little guy has had to deal with.
Cade in the hospital after his g-tube surgery with Camdyn by his side.
So to get to this point AND sucking from a bottle - WOW! I just might need to buy him a trophy - What an accomplishment! Way to go big boy!
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