Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Day 8 of Vital Stimulation

I am updating daily at Mylee's caringbridge site regarding Vital Stimulation if you want to view her daily activities. Yesterday's session was cancelled and so we picked back up today from a 3 day weekend. We took in a couple of Mylee's old Nuby sippy cups that we used when we were able to thicken her liquids. She was heartbroken when it was time to leave and we had to take it away from her. It broke our hearts too to have to see her having a meltdown. We will start another session tomorrow and will go the remainder of the week.

We questioned her therapist today as to when we can start to feed her or try to give her some foods at home. She wants to see Mylee not aspirate as much during her sessions before we start the at home therapy. We will hopefully know more by the end of the week. So far, we have skipped over crushed ice and honey consistancy and will continue to work on pudding thick for a while. Mylee was aspirating too much to show any improvement. We will hopefully move back to those consistancies at a later time.

For those of you who are not familiar with Vital Stimulation, please go to the link listed for Vital Stimulation on Mylee's blog or you can google Vital Stimulation. This process is usually performed on patients who have had a stroke but is becoming more and more of a process used for patients with severe dysphagia. It was most recently listed as one of the top 10 Ingenious Medical Treatments.

Here are some pictures of Mylee's treatments last week. A couple of the pictures shows her aspirating. Email me if you have any questions. We will continue to update as much as we can. And remember if you want a daily update, please visit her caringbridge site.

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