I realized that I have not given an update regarding Nathan since we have been home from the Hospital. I apologize for my delay, but he is keeping us on our toes. When we were discharged, it was with instructions to follow up with the Nutrition clinic to talk about our options. Since he lost so much weight they put him on a high calorie intake count each day to try and gain some weight back. This has become almost a full time job tracking every single thing he eats to ensure that he meets that goal.
We have done high protein shakes, fatty foods, anything to try and bulk him up. Some days he meets his goals and some days he does not. He seems to have lost interest in eating. He has always been my eater and always hungry. Right now, he does not ask
for food, he does not say he is hungry, so we have to proactively push food often. Many nights I go to bed worrying that he did not get enough food for the day.
We went to the Nutrition clinic almost 3 weeks after he was discharged and he had gained 3 pounds. They were glad to see that, but it is not enough to sustain him. We have some ideas that we are working on, but prefer not to go into details at this
time. All I ask is prayers for discernment, that we make the right decision for Nathan-always.
Since returning home, Nathan had a second seizure. This was somewhat to be expected. We opted not to put him on a seizure medication leaving the hospital as we were trying really hard to get him back to baseline. But once the seizure happened, we knew it was time to add another medication. So far we have not seen any reactions to it, thank God! Unfortunately, he has still not returned to his normal self. I am not sure that he will to be honest. He is withdrawn, does not engage much and just sort of stays to himself. This has been very difficult to watch as it seems to have happened overnight and is just not the Nathan we know.
Another issue we have been battling is sleep. Nathan has been very restless and is not getting enough sleep at night. Right now he is averaging around 5 hours a sleep each night. He is waking up between 2:00 AM
and 3:00 AM
each morning and not going
back to sleep. Lack of sleep, coupled with poor nutrition is making this Mama very nervous. We are not sure what is going on, but again it is like he just changed overnight.
We are traveling to Nashville this month to attend the annual BDSRA conference and cannot wait to see all our friends. This is the one trip a year that I truly look forward to. It is a time to reconnect with our friends, see all the other kiddos that we have grown to love and meet new families who are walking this journey as well. Please pray for safe travels as it can always be challenging.