Monday, May 17, 2010

Swallow Study

Nicholas had his swallow study last Thursday. They put him in a feeder seat, same as the blue chair we borrowed during his hospital stay. First Mark fed him a bottle with marshmallow flavored Barium in it. He drank it and had no aspirations or reflux. Then they mixed up the Barium into a baby food consistency. He ate it and actually seemed to enjoy it because he did his dinner dance. They found no problems with his swallow with this either. They did see that he has a high palette and the food gets stuck up there. He gets it out with his tongue or by sucking his thumb. The high palette is from being on the ventilator for so long. They do the study by having a machine set up next to him and it takes x-rays while he is eating and the Barium is visible on the x-ray so they can see it traveling from his mouth down.

He had his usual PT and Speech last week. Nothing new with those. OT and EI were canceled. We have a slow week this week. Just EI and therapy.

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