Sunday, June 10, 2012

He Literally Can’t Eat

 We have spent months now trying to find out why Garett has progressively been unable to eat.  He has always had a “gag” relax with meats, however, over the last half a year he has reached the point of not being able to eat at all. 
We have followed the “normal” medical routes, and nothing was helping.  Garett had reached the point of staying hydrated, but starving.  Finally, one weekend last month, we became so frustrated with what he was going though (he was gagging and throwing up every 15 minutes), that we took him to an emerge care facility.
 The doctor there sent us to have a swallow test done.  A week later we found out that Garett has a “web” in his throat...think “spider web”.  His body is instinctively trying to protect itself from choking to death by gagging and throwing up.  Of course, the down side is he also can’t eat and is “starving”.  Of course, we have been giving him protein drinks and trying to “liquify” his food as much as possible. 
 Still, he is hungry all the time, and you can see here that he is all “bones” (he didn’t have any weight to loose anyway!!!).  He has lost almost 5 pounds since things really got bad, and there is only so much you can do for a growing child on a liquid diet.  
We have been frustrated with the way some of the medical community has handled this.  Things should have happened sooner, and I’m just not going to go into the details beyond saying that there have been mistakes made that my son has paid the price for.  The LORD heard my cries this last Friday and sent us to a doctor that is taking seriously what Garett is going through.  
Garett will have a CAT scan tomorrow and then we will have an “emergency” appointment with this doctor to find out what needs to happen to open up Garett’s esophagus and get him back to eating.
I would so appreciate prayers for Garett.  This has gone on for so long, and he has dealt with it very well.  Still it has hurt me so much to watch him getting skinner and skinner.  And it hurts Steve and I so bad to hear him again crying because he is hungry and we can only offer the “same ol’ things” that we have been offering for almost 6 months now.  
Thank you for your prayers and for sharing these difficult times with us.  


  1. so glad y'all finally have an appointment! Praying for sweet Garett!

  2. I am so sad that he has had to deal with this for so long, but THANKFUL that you are on the right path now!! Praise God!!!

  3. I am sooo... sorry. I cannot imagine how hard this has been for all of you. So sad that mistakes have been made by the medical community. Frustrating!!!

    Hoping and praying that you can get things resolved SOON, now that you know what the problem is.


    Laurel :)

  4. :( poor guy:( praying that you have answers soon!

  5. Yikes...I can see how that would break your heart & be sooo frustrating! I think one of the things I am still learning is that even though the "experts" have lots of training, sometimes we have to ask questions & trust our gut when our "Mommy diagnosis" says something isn't right. Hope they come up with a good plan soon!

  6. Oh Shonni, I'm so sorry. Praying for your precious little guy.

  7. That is heartbreaking Shonni. I have had a similar experience with doctors and misdiagnosis. It can be so frustrating.
    Prayers for you and your sweet boy,


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