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Admitting when you’re not right

OK, so they were right. The doctors, dietitians, OTs and speech paths who said Deane would be better off with a g-tube were right. The persistent cough that woke him – and us – frequently during the night has mostly disappeared. The amount of suctioning he needs is a fraction of what it was. He … Continue reading

Message received

The dietitian’s accent is strong enough that I don’t catch every word and my voice is so low that he has to ask me to repeat myself. But the message was loud and clear: Deane had lost weight since coming out of the hospital and the dietitian is referring us to the g tube clinic. … Continue reading

A familiar scene

It finally came. The day I’ve been trying to avoid for months. The appointment with the dietitian. At our last appointment, more than a year ago, I had been told that if Deane didn’t gain close to 10 pounds, it would be time to look at a g tube. I’ve written before about our – … Continue reading

The confusing world of charting weight gain

Deane’s weight is so far below the curve on a standard growth chart that it is unmeasurable. No wonder the dietitian is giving me ultimatums. It is very distressing when the doctor points to a spot inches below the sweeping curve of normal weight for 14 year olds. But what I’ve found out on our … Continue reading

The weight crisis in my house

The dietitian is on my case. He’s unhappy about how much my son weighs. In a country where childhood obesity is at epidemic levels, Deane is underweight. He is 14 but will soon be surpassed by his nine-year-old sister in both height and weight. Some of this might be genetic – I’m not exactly a giant … Continue reading

Our most important gift

The U.S. TV anchorwoman who went on air to respond to an email she received criticizing her weight gone viral online. It has received a phenomenal amount of media coverage. But I thought it was worth adding a bit more. I’m not interested in debating whether the anchor, Jennifer Livingston, is obese. She admits that on a … Continue reading