Sunday, August 18, 2013

"Mommy I Don't Mind"

Mommy I don't mind if you feed me from your breast, or a bottle of good start or similac. As long as my tummy is full, mommy I don't mind. 

I don't mind mommy, if you put Huggies diapers on me, pampers, luvs or cloth and pins. I As long as my tiny bum is clean, mommy I don't mind. 

Mommy I don't mind, if you bath me in the big tub, the sink, or a baby bath. I don't mind if you use bubbles, or if my soap smells like lavender. As long as I'm clean mommy I don't mind.

Mommy I don't mind if I fall asleep on your chest, in your bed or in a crib with sheets with fancy colors or a little blue blankie. As long as your there when I wake up, mommy I don't mind. 

Mommy I don't mind , if my clothes are new, if they are hand me downs, if they are fancy or if they match. As long as I'm warm, then mommy I don't mind. Mommy 

I don't mind if you get a little frustrated, and need a little break, as long as you love me,mommy I don't mind. 

Mommy I don't mind how ever you do things. Whatever your doing your making me happy. So don't worry if your doing something wrong or right, because really mommy, I don't mind

DISCLAIMER: I did not write this poem and I do not know who did. I would certainly give them credit if I did know the author. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Our First Visit with the GI doctor

It's so nice to walk into a doctor's office and be believed! Calvin has a lady doctor named Dr. Whitney and he couldn't be happier either.

The office was very welcoming and had a nice play area but Calvin wasn't much interested because there were people to entertain. Apparently today was twin day at Pediatric DHAT, when we got there there were teen boy/girl twins and after they left in rolled 22 month old twin boys. Oh my, Calvin was so infatuated with them and their special stroller. He kept trying to climb in and they kept pushing him out, he just couldn't figure out why they didn't want to be friends.

But anyway....

We didn't wait very long in the exam room when the doctor came in. She was very quick and precise with the information she was looking for. She told me that all babies reflux between 4 - 6 months and the ones who have it worse may need something like the Zantac like Calvin has been on since he was 4 months old. However, it should be outgrown by 6 months old and anything beyond that is more than just normal reflux. Dr. Whitney recommended two things; for starters we are stopping the Zantac and starting him on Prevacid to turn off the acid enzymes rather than just trying to reduce the amount of acid. I think it is enzymes that produce the acid? Whatever it is Prevacid turns them off. She is also concerned with damage to his esophagus because it has gone on so long and recommended doing a quick endoscopy. Calvin would again have to be put under but the same type where it's just gas and the procedure would take ten minutes to check on things. We have a major insurance network and hospital hurdle that we are stuck on but first we are going to see how well he does on the Prevacid. He will start his new medicine tomorrow. Dr. Whitney was also appalled that a referral was not made sooner, she also said his development was a little advanced! We have done something right at least!

xoxo...and baby giggles

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Our Visit with the Pulmonologist

Almost two weeks ago Calvin saw his new pulmonologist Dr. Sah and finally it feels like we got some answers. Preliminary answers, but at least we're getting somewhere. I was surprised at how young he is but Will and I both feel like he knows his stuff.

After at least thirty minutes of going over his history and answering questions, Dr. Sah's conclusion is his reflux is playing a part from aspiration and recommended a stronger antacid but since Calvin is already seeing a gastroenterology doctor on August 15th he did not prescribe any medicine for that other than to keep taking what he is taking.

Dr. Sah agreed with the RAD diagnosis as well and explained it doesn't guarantee asthma later down the road as some kids do outgrow it and some don't. Technically asthma can be diagnosed at age two but he preferred to not diagnosis until age five when comprehensive testing can be done. The tests are not invasive but they have to be old enough to understand the directions in order to take them. RAD is treated with very similar medications but much lower doses due to age. He gave us Symbicort to try with him first as it is the lowest does of inhaled steroid possible and it is a daily medication for symptom control. Much like the Advair that I take at an adult dose for my asthma. Just in this first week on the medicine I have noticed improvement with his wheezing and coughing. Calvin has also gotten better with taking his medicine too, he hold his mask like a big boy and everything.

I have been able to stop irrigating his nose with saline everyday and sucking his nose out. The ear tubes have helped tremendously with that as well. Tubes took so much pressure out of his head. He has been able to drain crud properly, he can sneeze and he's not holding his ears in pain anymore. Everyone has been so much happier. I so regret not doing it after the first consult with the first ENT. Thank Jesus for the aggressive anesthesiologist who believed me and realized this was just not "another little daycare cold" and made all these recommendations which validated I wasn't just being an over dramatic mom.

Next we meed the pediatric GI doctor on the 15th and our new pediatrician in September for Calvin's one year checkup!!

xoxo...and a little bit of drool