A few weeks back, I had my very first experience of Bribing Elyssa to Eat. A very big deal indeed since it's normally the case of Bribing Elyssa With Food!!
Poor girl vomited 3 times. But after each time, she seemed perfectly ok (proudly and loudly announced that she vomited, then went back to sleep)
Friday - Day 1
Quieter than usual in the morning. Around 12pm she vomited again. She said she wanted to stay at home (she normally goes to Ah Kong/Ah Mah's house in the afternoon). Went to sleep without eating lunch. She woke up around 3+. I let her play with the Ipad next to me on the bed then I must have dozed off for a while. When I opened my eyes, I was surprised that she went back to sleep again. She slept until 6+pm.
She didn't have much appetite during dinner. Hardly ate her rice and soup. But was back to her normal self (i.e. talking a lot!). After dinner, we went to the nearby Speedmart to buy some groceries and she was happily walking around as usual.
Saturday - Day 2
She didn't want to drink her morning milk. Purged twice. Hubby brought her to the clinic. Doctor gave medicine for wind and diarrhoea. When she came home, she refused to eat anything. For the first time ever, I had to bribe her to eat since she can't take her medicine with an empty stomach. Words like......."If you finish this biscuit, we can go kai-kai, If you finish this Strawberry Rocky, we can go swimming today".
Also resorted to threats "If you don't eat anything, you will vomit" [She refused food cos of lack of appetite plus fear of vomiting again]
Took me a full hour to get her to eat 2 small pieces of biscuit and 2 sticks of Strawberry Rocky! *faint*
She was rather active the whole day, but still hardly ate anything during lunch and dinner. She kept asking to drink water only.
Sunday - Day 3
Again, hardly ate breakfast and lunch (Even with Ribena as a bribe, she took forever to eat only 4 fishballs). When we returned from lunch/shopping trip in Pavilion, hubby and I were really tired and wanted to nap......but this girl was jumping around like a monkey. Where on earth did she get the energy from?????
Ate more during dinner.
Monday - Day 4
Regressed. Only ate a few spoonfuls of rice during lunch. Slept a lot.
Tuesday - Day 5 onwards
Progressively got better.
The whole food strike episode lasted slightly over a week. What an unpleasant experience!!! Really broke my heart to hear my greedy, eat-like-no-tomorrow girl saying "Actually, I don't want to eat this. I don't want to eat ANYTHING at all. "
Even after the food strike, it took a few more days before she ate reasonably well (i.e. can finish her portions with gentle coaxing). Now, she's back to her normal self (i.e. after finishing her portion, it's not uncommon for her to say "but I'm still HUNGRY!!").
For breakfast these days, she can take 1 full bottle of milk plus TWO pieces of bread with cheese. That's almost equivalent to my breakfast portion! But after the food strike incident, I'm thankful she's eating well :)