So I'm getting kind of worried. Cora has lost an additional 1/2 pound in the last 4 days. And she is nursing at about once an hour during the day. She refuses food after the first few bites. I'm not sure what else to do. She doesn't really seem to be in much pain at this point and her mood is looking up. So we're not sure why she's not taking in enough to maintain her weight, let alone gain. She could still have some throat soreness, but she's almost at 2 weeks post-op now. She could be having a hard time coping with the extra secretions in her airway from the pneumonia, or her little tummy could just be shrunken. We don't know, but one thing is certain: she is shrinking. She's losing 2 ounces a day.
She is absolutely swimming in her 9 month clothes and the size 3 diapers barely fit anymore. Even her bibs are too big now.
If she's down again tomorrow we are seriously considering putting her NG tube back in. Then we can pump in a couple extra ounces a few times a day and work on boosting her calories back up. Of course, we won't be very popular if this happens, but it will help give us a little more control.
I hate this, I hate this, I hate this. If we'd have known what was in store, I don't think we'd have ever chosen to do this surgery. We won't know whether it was successful until we know the swelling is gone and her airway is clear. She's still snoring very loudly, having some apnea it seems, and waking herself up all night long.
I am just so, so stressed about it all. Stressed and concerned and so sick and tired of being cooped up 24 hours a day. My darling husband is dealing with a very busy time at work AND a very busy quarter as a part-time student (including Saturday class!!!!). Therefore mommy duty is even more intensive than usual.
Anyway... this is my request for good thoughts for her appetite to improve. I really want her to get back to her pudgy little self, rather than shrinking before my eyes.