I did have a drive to the lab early this morning to have blood drawn to see what little Guy Jer's cortisol levels were for the growth Dr.
Talk about stress, he tries to get all his calories at night by drinking Pedisure through the night. Blood draw had to be fasting. Eating all night is partly the fault of being tube fed and how I would and still do always try to pump calories into him. At night is when he lets down his resistance guards and I could get him to eat without rejecting as we were trying to teach him to eat and move from feeding tube to mouth feeding. If anyone has ever tried to start out feeding baby lambs or even kitty's that's as close an example as I can get to what teaching Jer to eat was like. He had no milk in his mouth for 7 months. He had to pass a swallow test without a ventilator pushing his lungs open and removal of a ventilator didn't happen till he was almost seven months old. He had started to learn to suck, but then his trach was removed and he was scared to suck after the removal, and because he had to coordinate breathing with swallowing and not choking it was a continual chore. Night became the easiest to get any fluids in him. I taught him to drink with a ketchup bottle that has the long squirting end. I would aim it to the side of his mouth and push a tiny bit and wait until he swallowed. I would post a picture of this bottle but they got chucked as soon as he could suck by himself. Only me and pretty girl could get him to do it without it being all back over us.