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You Have to Take the Good with the Bad

Posted Jan 31 2013 8:56pm

“You have to take the good with the bad, smile when you’re sad, love what you’ve got and remember what you had… Always forgive but never forget, learn from your mistakes but never regret, people change, things go wrong, just remember, life goes on.”

-unknown

Perhaps I’ll try make this my mantra. Today I’m feeling happy but I know a good portion of each month my soul feels sad and empty. Smile. Smile. Smile.

Tomorrow is the end of Nathan’s third week of Day Treatment Program at the Feeding and Swallowing Center. No doubt he has made HUGE, and by huge I totally mean ENORMOUS improvements.

Not only has the volume of his solid meals increased from zero ounces to three, but the variety of foods is incredible. He accepts anything I purée, sometimes complaining and protesting but with mouth wide open.

The mashed foods are not as easy for him. He really labors while chewing and tires quickly. He gags occasionally but with firm pressure under his chin we can usually save him from vomiting. Today however, the chin support was not enough.

While I was the feeder for two meals at treatment and the evening meal at home, he gagged often and vomited all three meals.

Better luck tomorrow.

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