Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Lainey's 1st CF appointment

Today Lainey, Sid, and I went to the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Egleston for Lainey's first CF appointment. Everyone at the center is so very nice and welcoming. We met a few of the people that are par of Lainey's CF Care Team ~ the respiratory therapist, dietician/nutritionist, nurse, case manager, and her primary doctor. Sid and I learned how to perform clapping exercises on Lainey's chest and back in order to break up any mucus in her lungs, used now for preventative measures only. She was weighed in at 8 lbs. 1 1/2 oz. This was a gain of 1 1/2 oz. in 6 days. Not too bad, but we still have to catch up for lost time, therefore we have to pack in more calories! She is now 21 inches long...tall and skinny...she can't possibly be related to us!!! :) The dietitian wants to see her gain at least 3 pounds per month in order to catch up to her height/ weight ratio. She is currently in the 10th percentile for her weight and 50th for her height. It is important that she gains weight, possibly is even chunky for the first 3 years of her life. The more she grows, the better functioning of her lungs. How well she thrives until her 3rd birthday will directly effect her health for the rest of her life. In addition to the extra calories we will be adding to her breast milk bottles, she will also receive 1/8th of a teaspoon of salt. People with CF tend to lose salt through their sweat, therefore it must be replenished through their food. Dr. Caplan, Lainey's CF doctor said that she looked well and checked out to be very healthy! He performed a throat culture to check for any infections that may be brewing. They like to catch anything before it sets up in her lungs. He also collected a stool sample to check for fats. If there are too many fats in her stool, then she will need to go up on the amount of enzymes she takes at each feeding. The enzymes help in fat and vitamin absorption. Lainey also qualifies for free enzymes and vitamins with enzymes until she is 3 years old! This helps a tremendous amount...about $2,000 we will not have to pay out of pocket for these two medications!! Some of the best news of all is that Dr. Caplan said it was okay to take her to the beach on vacation!!! We are so excited that we will all be able to get away for some family time at the beach for a week! Thanks again for continuing to pray for our family. Now we need prayers for weight gain and no harmful bacteria lingering in Lainey's little chest!
Lots of Love,
DeAnn, Sid, Logan, Liam, and Lainey

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