Today was my modified swallow study at UC Davis. The last swallow study I did focused more on how long food stayed in my tummy and if I had signs of reflux. The modified swallow study focuses on what happens from the time the food enters my mouth until it goes into my tummy. First we met with a speech pathologist to talk about my prior eating history (not much to this point) and any concerns my parents had about my eating to this point. Then they took me to another room and sat me on a chair and had Mommy feed me a few little bites of food with barium mixed in. I took a few bites of liquid that was pretty thin, a few bites of liquid that was a little more thick and a bite of liquid that was the consistency of a really thick pudding. By then I was done eating and just wanted to go take a nap. Although I didn't get a lot down, the radiologist thought there was enough video to get some information. Now my parents have to wait until mid-December to get back in and watch the video and get a written report from the speech pathologist about what they saw. Until then, to be safe, my parents are going to hold off doing any oral feedings.
Peyton Nicole Smith