Posted (Tina) in All Posts on December-16-2008

Last night, Ella had a great night of sleep. She only woke up twice which is really good for her.

She had OT and PT today. The OT had a great suggestion for Ella’s retching. She recently read a study that showed that if you grasp and place pressure on the head of the child for a few times in the moment when they would normally retch, it can subside the retching (showed favorable results for 70% of patients in the study). Even though there is a huge margin of error, we are willing to try anything.

So this evening, Josh and I were both trying this new method anytime you could sense that Ella would normally retch. And amazingly, it did seem like it helped her. We’re trying to not be too optimistic, but the initial signs looks good. Anything to reduce the retching is great; it has to be one of the toughest daily things to encounter.

We purchased this Z-Vibe tool that is supposed to help with oral aversion and the signs have been promising after only two sessions. Along with that, the OT has instructed for us to have 3 feeding sessions per day. We’ve opted to use apples since those used to be her favorite. We’re hoping that we can make progress sooner versus later.

Yes, the dog is still on my mind. I found myself waking up throughout the night consumed with sadness. But today was a new day and although I still miss her, I know that it will get easier as the days pass.

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers. It means a lot to know that there are so many out there supporting us on this journey.

Lamentations 3:25 (NLT)
The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
to those who search for him.