Photo by César S
Some of you have asked how our campaign to get Jenna to take her formula by mouth instead of g-tube is going. It’s not. Going that is. Sigh.
She did fabulously for one week. She never seemed to like the taste and made some really horrible faces (I should try to get it on video…), but she would drink what she needed to earn a prize. Each day, I gradually increased the amount she had to drink to get a prize. She was up to 30 mL (out of her 90 mL a.m. feed) when we hit the proverbial wall.
Here’s where we messed up, I think:
- We didn’t do it over the weekend. After a Saturday and Sunday break, Monday she put the brakes on.
- On Monday, I slipped up and presented it poorly. I asked if she wanted to drink it and get a prize, instead of phrasing it better, AND had already started her movie, so I couldn’t use that as leverage.
- We possibly increased the amount requirements too quickly.
Instead of pushing, we’ve completely backed off. Occasionally, she’ll ask about getting a prize, and we’ll remind her that she can get a prize when she drinks her “dinosaur juice,” but she immediately says, “No!” and we just leave it. The current “plan” is to start again next Monday. We’ll start over at the beginning, make movie-watching contingent on drinking, and increase the amount even more slowly than the last time.
We’ll see how it goes. The best laid plans of mice and men…