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Well, I had been so looking forward to Anna's nutritionist appointment today. I ended up being really late because I got completely lost and was at the other end of the huge hospital complex. So, we got off to an almost 30 minute delay.
Once we started the session and I said a few things about her eating habits, Anna had a TOTAL MELTDOWN OF EPIC PROPORTION!! It had been at least a month since her last total meltdown, and I was hoping she had outgrown them. Not so. She was screaming and thrashing around so hard we couldn't do anything. The nutritionist tried to give me a couple of points, but I could barely hear her. We had to stop because Anna was on the verge of hyperventilating and everything. I had no idea what to do. I offered her food, water, I carried her, I put her down, I gave her toys, everything. I had to leave, and wouldn't you know it, she calmed right down halfway down the hallway.
I'm so upset!! This was my appointment! I got a good handout, but nothing I couldn't have scrounged up online. The only bit of useful information I was able to get about our specific situation is to be more rigid about what I offer at mealtimes and develop a more concrete schedule fo meals and snacks. I had tried withholding her favorite foods until the end of the meal, but she suggested to offer her everything at once, and when she rejected it all, to end the mealtime and not offer her anything else until the next mealtime or snacktime. Also, the milk is part of the meal, not the snack in between meals like I had been doing.
I don't know. It was hard to get anything more than that. We'll see if there is any improvement. If not, I'm going to have to try and get another referral and see if I can have a more productive session. She charted Anna's weight gain since her 12 month appointment, and it was 4 grams a day. A child her age is supposed to be averaging 8 to 9 grams a day. That means that she will continue to drop further and further off the growth chart if something doesn't change.
Ugh, I could just cry about the whole thing!
Rosalie, Mommy to Anna (05/06) and Thomas (10/08)
Hugs!! That must have been so hard on you! It's so hard to know how these kids will react at any given situation. Brandon HATES for doctors/nurses to touch him, as long as they just talk to him he's okay though. I hope things start to turn around with her weight!
(((hugs))) Sorry the appointment didn't go well. Is there someone...a good friend, your dh, your mom, etc that could go with you to another appt and take her out of the room if she has a meltdown like that?
I hope things improve and she starts gaining.