When you reach a certain age, you start to believe that you know everything. Not in an omniscient, creepy way; more like an over-estimation of our own experiences.
Recently, I’d been feeling this inflation of ego regarding my son and my parenting skills in general. My son was recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy. After the health issues/monitors/feeding tube drama receded and I began to regain my bearings, I started to feel kind of invincible…a special needs child is a lot for anyone to handle, but I honestly felt like I was holding my own. Then he started losing weight.
My son is tall for his age, and is now underweight. I can count his ribs and his vertebrae. He wasn’t always so thin, a fact that made his rapid weight loss that much more disturbing. His nutrition (which consisted of enteral formula and water) came under scrutiny and I was forced to face yet another harsh reality: My kid was starving.
Cue the Google searches.
I wandered aimlessly through the far reaches of the internet for I don’t know how long, researching every vitamin and mineral I could find and carefully calculating calories. I compiled countless lists, scoured dozens of articles, and made a few confused phone calls to specialists before throwing my hands up and proclaiming the task impossible.
A few days later I was able to complete said “impossible” task, but it really burned my toast that it had been such a convoluted, stressful project. The contradictory information that exists about general nutrition is downright mind-boggling. So, I decided that my many pages of notes and countless research hours would not go to waste. I decided to compile what I’ve learned and, hopefully, provide a more centralized and comprehensive overview of how what we eat directly impacts our body’s ability to function.
I am by no means an expert. I am simply a nursing student who spends a little too much time on the World Wide Web. That being said, hopefully this blog will teach someone something new.