Thursday, May 21, 2009

Isabelle Update

We went and saw the Pediatric Pulmonary Specialist yesterday. When I called on Monday to make the appt with the Dr. my pediatrician recommended he was booked until end of June so I scheduled with a different Dr. in the same practice. Yesterday I arrive at my appt (about an hours drive) and the check in girl tells me that they can't locate the Dr. and would I like to reschedule. I said no I just drove an hour. She told me to wait and she would see what was going on. Come to find out the Dr. I had scheduled with was still on vacation and so the Dr. I wanted to originally see was on call at the hospital and left his rounds to see me and another lady who had been waiting over an hour.

After the Dr. looked and listened to Isabelle he told me she has tachypnea which is rapid breathing (we knew that) and stridor which is a whistling breathing sound when something in the trachea or larynx is blocked or partially blocked. The next step in the process is to do a laryngoscopy which is taking a scope down her nose to look at her trachea and larynx (about a 5 min look and Isabelle will be awake). The Dr. will be able to see what is blocking she'll eventually outgrow or if she'll need surgery. He'll also be able to see if she has reflux or not. I think when she's eating because it's hard to breathe that's why she's gagging or choking and she probably won't have reflux.

The good thing about seeing the Dr. that I did yesterday is that he's now the Dr. assigned to her and I think he's probably the best one in the practice. The bad thing is that he's extremely busy. If we're lucky we can get the scope done next week otherwise he's going on vacation the first 2 weeks of June and then we are going on vacation so it will be the end of June beginning of July before we can get the scope done. Cross your fingers somehow they can squeeze us in next week. I'd rather know what's going on instead of waiting another month.

Isabelle otherwise is very healthy and is growing like a weed. She gained another pound and ounce since last week and is quickly outgrowing her newborn clothes.

Relaxin on the boppy. She loves her binkie!

I took this pic before he realized it.

He told me to stop taking pics

He was pretty annoyed I wouldn't stop bugging him so I stopped with the pics.


Em said...

It sounds like the Dr. situation worked out for the best. I'm sure she'll be fine. We'll see you Sunday!

Heather said...

Aren't you glad there are doctors around (or close enough) that can figure all this stuff out?
Your kiddos are adorable. That first picture of Matthew is priceless.