UPDATE: Happy (soooo happy) to report that Big T is finally eating again. Apparently it only took a massive hospital bill nasty "bubble gum" barium shake to encourage him to try again. But whatever, I will gladly pay that hospital bill to know he's OK.
(The pediatric ENT had told us that he may have been traumatized after his choking incident to the point of being scared to swallow and/or have severely scratched his throat in the process. This appears to be the case... while scary, it could have been much, much worse.)
Only Big T.
You know, when it comes to parenting, if it's not one thing (say, getting the flu so badly that it lands your 6 year old in the ER and he misses 12 days of school), it's another (like your 4 year old possibly having something lodged in his throat and requiring a barium esophagram STAT!) (Same child who just came off breathing treatments for pneumonia every 2-3 hours for the last week). And this was just in the last month or so.
What can I say? We like to pay medical bills?
(Excuse me while I cry.)
But in all seriousness, this little dude --
This indignant, charismatic, raucous 4 year old who thinks he rules the world (and every Starbucks in it) - could use a few good thoughts today as the doctors and radiologists try and figure out why he hasn't eaten in 12 days.
He swallowed something he shouldn't have and it's lodged in his throat.
He scratched his throat when a tortilla chip was pulled out of his throat after choking.
He's afraid to eat (and very adamant about it?) since choking.
He has some sort of infection or (I hate that this word was even mentioned) outpouching in his esophagus.
Knowing him, it's none of the above because he is just That Kid, Mr. Difficult, always finding a way to do things against the grain. But no matter what it is, we just hope it's a) not too serious and b) fixable.
Because Big T may have plans of ruling the world someday, but right now, he rules ours and we like it that way.