We've been wildly busy over the last few days, and it doesn't look like it will ease us any time soon! I started school today, which went very well. Scarlett is enjoying her time with Daddy and Grandma, though getting her to nap has become challenging; she's suddenly become pretty picky about being at home and in her own bed to sleep, and only certain pacifiers are acceptable. And the move is on: the real estate agent suggested we have the condo on the market as soon as possible, which means Chris, Scarlett and I need to get out of the way! We've already started to pack some things up and taken down all the pictures from the walls. I'll be making a call to a local cat rescue, too.
Last night, we decided to enjoy the summer weather with the family and go swimming. Scarlett had a fantastic time! She LOVES water, and had a great time kicking around in her new floaty seat.
When we got back home, it was dinner time, but for some reason we could not get her blended meal to go through the "button" (external portion of her g-tube). We tried everything we could think of, but it was jammed. This meant we had to change it.
You'd think we were used to this stuff by now, but I was not happy about this. It was a nearly new button, changed by the doctor just a few weeks ago, and it should have lasted at least a few months. However, I have been told that the buttons don't last as long when you are using real food. It didn't seem like it could possibly have been damaged so quickly, but we had to do it.
As my dad took over the BBQ, Chris and I set out all our supplies and talked ourselves through it a few times. We tested and retested the new button. Then we counted down, held our breath, and went for it. Changing the button requires deflating the small water-filled internal balloon, pulling the button out, inserting the new button through the hole in her abdomen into her stomach, and finally inflating the balloon to hold it in place. All the while, stomach juices are oozing...yuck!
Well, we got it done with very little ado. And the culprit of the malfunction? A strawberry seed! Something so tiny, but it somehow survived it's journey through the monster blender and caused enough of a blockage to prevent any further fluid from passing through. Since berries are in season and a favorite in our house, we will make sure to strain berry blends from now on!