Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pureed vs. Strained

Dad and Kyra enjoy the hospital's rooftop garden.
About a week after Kyra’s spinal fusion surgery at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, she was given the o.k. to start a diet of clear liquids, then build up to her regular diet.   At that point, I gathered my courage and reminded her medical team that her regular diet was blended foods, and she should not have any canned g-tube formula.

“Of course,” they responded, “When she’s off clear liquids, we’ll order her a pureed diet.”

I then let out my breath, assured and somewhat amazed that Kyra’s unconventional g-tube meals would be honored by the hospital without us putting up a fight.