Hello. Yesterday Lainey (8 weeks old) had several doctor appointments and I am happy to report that she is doing awesome! Our first appointment was with the surgeon. After looking a her incision (from surgery when she was 5 days old) and the site where the t-tube entered her colon, Lainey was given a thumbs up! No more visiting the surgeon unless she were to need future surgeries! Our second appointment was with her team at the Cystic Fibrosis Center. Her team consists of a nurse, respiratory therapist, social worker, dietitian, and doctor. Lainey weighed in at 9 lbs. 6.7 oz! This was a gain of almost one and one half pounds in 3 weeks!! She also grew another 2 inches to make her 23 inches long! Her weight has been a huge concern of ours, thus putting most of our effort into fattening her up! The more weight she gains her first three years of life, determines how well she will do as she progresses in her disease. The team would still like to see her gain 3 pounds per month, but they were satisfied with what she gave them this time! To assist in gaining weight, her enzyme intake has increased to one and one half capsule per feeding. Since the capsules assist in food absorption, they are hoping this will help her to gain even more weight. Anemia is also a concern with Cystic Fibrosis. Since she has been whiter than me (that is hard to believe) indicating low iron levels, her iron intake has also increased. Aside from learning how to perform chest physical therapy for preventative measures, her lungs sounded great! For now, and hopefully forever, her Cystic Fibrosis is only effecting her digestive system. Although she will be on enzymes for the rest of her life, we are hoping to prevent any and all respiratory infections that might reduce her lung function. With the new school year quickly approaching, please pray for my parents as they will be caring for Lainey. Since even the smallest cold could send Lainey to the hospital for a couple of weeks, the doctor strongly suggests keeping her out of daycare for at least one year! Taking care of Lainey will be a big job for my mother since she is in poor health. It will also keep my parents from traveling; something they have enjoyed since dad retired last August. We are fortunate to have them care for Lainey. She is guaranteed to be spoiled rotten at the end of each day! Thank you to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, words of encouragement, and gifts. To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis and how to help find a cure, check out the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation web site at www.cff.org .
DeAnn, Sid, Logan, Liam, and Lainey