He is absolutely miserable. In addition to the palette expander, she put in a tongue trainer to teach his tongue to move properly when he swallows. That's making it hard for him to get food in and he's struggling to swallow. He's talking funny, not eating and altogether grumpy. The worst part is that he's having a hard time getting to sleep.
The three boys each have a lovey that they've had since they were newborns. A has "Rufus" (Ru or Rufie). D has Louis (or Lou...pronounced LOO-ESE with a Spanish accent when he can't find him). L has Boo and Blanky (or blanks). A has always slept with Ru. He sucks his fingers (hence the ortho) and sniffs Ru. Prior to the accident, Ru was kept on his bed and only used at bedtime. For about 6 months after the accident, Ru went everywhere with A. In the car, while watching T.V, the computer or drawing. We let it go because we knew he needed the comfort. He got better with Ru for a little bit, but for the last few months Ru has come out again in full force. When home, he always seemed to have Ru in his face. We have gently reminded him this time to put Rufie up in his room, but again see this as a stress relief for him and tried not to make a big deal.
The tongue trainer, however, keeps him from being able to suck his fingers. The cold turkey approach is probably what is best, but I feel so sorry for him. He already is sore from the skateboard accident, his teeth hurt, he's not eating normally, and now he can't have Ru. The mommy in me has tried to be supportive and be practical about it. The mommy in me also cried in the shower yesterday as I thought about my little boy growing up and putting aside a piece of his childhood. The gradual transitions of growing up are just that, slow and not that noticeable until you pause to consider. This sudden change has been hard.
In typical A fashion, he's whined about the unfairness of it all, but found a way to make the best of it. He started playing soccer Wednesday night too which makes him a bit sore "down there" but he says he's okay and will be able to play in his soccer tournament this weekend. That makes his coach (daddy) happy and has been a good distraction.
It's hard to see him hurting and upset. He's a cool kid and has already had to deal with so many heavy things. Check out his latest video when he came across his first timber rattlesnake. There is also a cameo by his little bro which is pretty cute.