Worth Repeating: All I Want for Christmas is My G-Tube Out
by Melanie Potock, CCC-SLP
A Parent’s Expectations and an SLP’s Goals
As a pediatric SLP who focuses on feeding, I guide families through the process of transitioning from g-tube feedings to 100% oral feeds and ultimately, removal of the g-tube. This year, I had the unique experience of learning more about the emotional process through the eyes of one mom who happened to be an SLP, too. In the course of nine months of feeding therapy, her daughter Payton has taught us both that goals and expectations aren’t always met on the SLP’s or parent’s timeline and that most importantly, the child sets the pace. Payton’s mom graciously shared her thoughts on the process:
History: Payton was born in December 2012 at 38 weeks, 4 days and weighed 4 lbs., 13 oz.. One month later, Payton was hospitalized due to congestion, but it soon became apparent that this was a more serious matter. On January 9th, surgeons performed a Ladd’s procedure to repair a malrotation of the stomach and intestines, a Nissen fundoplication to control reflux and secondary aspiration, removed her appendix, repaired a hernia and placed the g-tube.
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