Selina came to us around 3 months ago.
Day one: It is dinner time, and I walk over and scoop Selina up to feed her! I sit down with a cup of milk and syringe (the easiest way we have found to feed our littles that struggle, as it allows you to give them a small amount at a time.) I give her a little milk and BAM. Selina is cry, squirming, screaming, kicking, and NO milk is going down. I mean NONE. I am covered in milk, Selina is covered in it, she is crying (and I am wanting join her!). After 15 minutes of persistent trying, I give up and let Em have a go. She doesn’t have any luck, and now we are all covered in milk, Selina is STILL crying, and Em and I don’t know WHAT to do. We managed to get some milk down eventually, and it was not easy task. The next day we decided we would go to the hospital and have her mouth and throat checked out.
At the hospital they found an infected tooth, and had to pull it. We were hoping this was the source of the feeding problem. Just to be safe, we wanted to have Selina put on a feeding tube till she was better. So then began the fun process of inserting the NG tube. Thirty minutes, three nurses and one doctor later, no one could get it in. The doctor said their seemed to be some kind of obstruction. So we went home with the hope that once her tooth healed, she would get better.
While Selina has improved, feeding her is still a BIG struggle. She has a very hard time swallowing. Some days are better than others. We have been trying to find a place that does gastric feeding tube (g-tube) placement for a long time, and finally we found a hospital in Kampala to do the surgery. Monday we went to see their pediatrician, Thursday we had an appointment with the surgeon, and he scheduled us for surgery on MONDAY!
We are SO excited! BUT that gives us a short amount of time to raise $500 dollars for the surgery. If you feel called to give, PLEASE click here or use the Paypal donate option below!!!
The surgery Selina is getting is pretty simple, and will make Selina's life SO much easier!
Please keep Selina in your prayers Monday morning as she goes in for surgery!