There are times that I get really, really frustrated with Gavin because he just doesn’t listen. One of the things that has become an daily struggle is the way he eats.
Gavin inhales his food.
Tonight I gave him a plateful of chicken nuggets for dinner and he literally was done before I could finish passing out dinner to the other kids.
I’m so tired of constantly telling him to slow down.
Supposedly, this is typical of people with Autonomic Dysfunction because the moment food hits their stomach, they become incredibly sleepy. The faster they eat, the more they can get in before sleep overwhelms them.
I totally get that.
The problem is that Gavin’s been choking on his food more often lately and the faster he eats, the more likely he is to choke.
I’ve tried all kinds of things to help him pace himself but nothing works.
What makes this even more challenging is that Gavin is absolutely obsessed with food. He would talk about eating, all day long if we let him. He also has no ability to regulate his intake. In other words, he always feels hungry and he’ll eat and eat until he pukes.
What I’m thinking about doing is only giving him a little bit at a time. It’s a huge pain in the ass but I’m not about to let him choke.
Today is just one of those days where all the extras that have to go into accomplishing the simplest things, really gets to me.
I know it’s not Gavin’s fault and I’m not angry with him at all. I’m just tired of the same song and dance, each and every day. 🙁
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