We’ve made a big decision about Zack’s food treatment (I need to just copy this into my blog) – we’re not sending him. I met with another occupational therapist who said that since the food is Zack’s ONLY issue (no cerebral palsy, no acid reflux, nothing else) that the KKI program could very well be too traumatic for him. He’s old enough to remember this stuff, and the last thing I want to do is make eating that much harder and more distasteful.
A lot of this came to a head when, on his own, Zack asked for an ice cream cone. He’d previously screamed if we tried to get him to eat anything cold. But on his own, he asked for, and did some damage to, his own cone.
Tonight, we set him down and told him that he was now old enough to start getting serious about his food, and that he needed to eat healthy things so he could be strong and do things like swim (he’s in swim lessons now). We gave him baked chicken nuggets, something he USED to eat and then suddenly refused months ago. He cried and said he didn’t want them, and we told him that was fine, but that was all he was getting for dinner, and that we knew he liked them, he’d just forgotten he liked them.
After about 15 minute, he ate one, and said, “Mmm, I like these!” and we reiterated that we only ask that he try things.
That all being said, I seriously doubt I can get him to love brocolli overnight. And it’s not like we haven’t already been trying to get tough on the food -- we’ve tried everything. But when he asked for that ice cream cone, it was like a light bulb went off in my head – he’s healthy, he’s happy, he’ll get over this. It’s just going to take time.
He’s healthy as a horse – I can’t remember the last time he had a cold. He’s growing, is a bit on the short side, but then so am I, and so is my dad. We get veggies into him with V8 Fusion juices. He takes his vitamins. Are we doing the right thing? I sure as heck hope so. But the thought of living at the Ronald McDonald house for 6-8 weeks while they basically follow my child’s mouth with a spoon until he “breaks” – I just think there has to be another way for him.
That’s also not to say that KKI doesn’t have a great program. They do. They work with kids who have feeding tubes, severe allergies, all kinds of things. I think I feel better knowing that a more seriously ill child will get their slot sooner. I also know it’s not going to be easy to get Zack to eat “real” food. But I have hope.