anyway, i just talked to the dietitian, who has put asher on a butter and whipped cream diet. i'm not joking. everything everything everything with butter, whipped cream and/or oil. this is because asher has gained less than 2 lbs in the last 2 years, and his height hasn't been going up like it should, either. he is considered "borderline FTT" at the moment... and there is a giant elephant in the room now, too... a g-tube. i told her that i really don't want to go down that road, at least not yet. she agreed that since he worked so hard to get rid of it, that it's not something they're going to do right now, but if a few months go by and he still hasn't shown significant gains in his weight, it is something we're going to have to look at seriously. sigh.
so i'm going to be implementing a lovely reward system to motivate asher to eat. something along the lines of a sticker every time he eats a full meal or a healthy (ie, high fat/high cal, aka "asher healthy" LOL) snack, and if he goes all week eating like that, he'll get a special treat. maybe a trip to the dollar store for a toy, or some mcdonalds fries or something... i'll figure something out, but right now we need to motivate him to eat. i did have one brilliant idea: every time he eats, i'll ring a bell. after a while, so the theory goes... i'll ring the bell, and he'll eat. ah, dr pavlov, what would i do without you?
ok, so i (probably) won't train my son like pavlov's dog. but hey, if it works... haha
anyway, that's the deal for now. right now we're just waiting for official word from the team and a script for the antibiotic and polycose (calorie supplement, to add to asher's food). then we're outtie!!!!!!!!
thanks for all the prayers, etc. we really appreciate them.