Wayne has now progressed to a “progression diet”. This is a 5-stage eating plan, designed to build up your tolerance to eating solid foods again after severe bouts of diarrhea. Stage one included cream of wheat and diced peaches. He was able to tolerate this with no signs of trouble – YIPEE!! Another 24 hours and he can go to stage 2, bananas and toast. There is a 48-72 hour period before moving from step to the next step, and if there is any slipping (dreaded diarrhea) we hold until he can adjust to this step. The third step features foods such as scrambled eggs, crackers, potatoes and bland baked, boiled or broiled turkey and chicken. The fourth step in the progressive diet allows a regular diet without any dairy products.The fifth step in the diet, which is where we were before all the mayhem started, gradually allows introduction of dairy products.
He is progressing on several other fronts. He has gone 6 days without needing packed red blood cells and 3 days without platelets. He is now taking some of his medications orally, and he is up walking in the halls and has PT twice a day. Progression, PROGRESSION, PROGRESSION!