Sunday, December 14, 2008

I am happy to report...

That Brooklyn is not going to have surgery right now! At Brooklyn's appointment with her pulmonologist on Friday, Dr. G2 said that he feels that she is starting to improve. So he is going to give her until her first birthday (3 more months) to try to outgrow her laryngomalacia. He will reevaluate and decide what needs to happen then.

Dr. G2 always gives us a copy of his report when he sees Brooklyn so that we can see exactly what he is documenting and sending to her pediatrician and gastroenterologist. His report said that there is "slight improvement" with her noisy breathing and that she is "slowly starting to improve." Slight and slow is better than what we have had in the past. I'll take it!

Brooklyn weighed in at 14 pounds, 4.5 ounces and she was nearly 26.5 inches long! So she only gained about an ounce since her appointment last Tuesday, but she grew an inch! I knew she was growing longer because she has outgrown all of her 0-3 month footy sleepers and a couple of the 3-6 month ones too. Her respirations were 40 and her oxygenation was good, in the high 90's.

Dr. G2 was concerned about Brooklyn's head flattening and the fact that it is somewhat assymetrical. I thought that it was getting better because she is sitting so much now, but maybe I have just gotten used to it. He wants us to try letting her sleep in her crib instead of in her car seat. He talked about trying to let her sleep on her tummy or side, so that her epiglottis would flop forward and let her breathe easier than if she were on her back. She should obstruct less this way, he said. Doing this makes me extremely paranoid because of the SIDS risk. She may not tolerate it anyway because she has always hated tummy time. We are also to call her gastroenterologist and ask them what we need to do to get a Tucker sling for her to sleep in. At first, Dr. G2 said that we needed to stick books or something under one end of the mattress to angle it for her because of her reflux and airway obstruction, but I asked him about the Tucker sling and he said that was actually a better idea. (Thanks, Hope! I never would have known to ask if you hadn't told me about it.) I will work on that on Monday. Oh - he mentioned the possibility of doing another sleep study. I sincerely hope we can avoid going through that nightmare again. We'll see.

Anyway, Brooklyn's appointment went well. No surgery right now and hopefully none at all!!!

10 comments:

Beth said...

Wow! Fantastic News!!! So happy to hear this! What a wonderful "gift" for the holidays, huh? Yay!!! :o)

Hope said...

Yay! Great news!! Please don't buy a tucker sling, I can send you one of Ava's. Just email me. It will work for babies 6-16 pounds. You'll still need to prop up the mattress, though. I guess you've come to the same realization as me, which is our babies will never crawl. Ava's sats drop super fast on her belly. Complete obstruction. bleh...... They'll be walking in no time, though:)

MrsSpock said...

That is wonderful news! That must be such a relief. Keep growing, little one!

L.G. Reeves said...

WOO HOO!!!!!!!

Sam said...

WOO HOO! You know, before the damn Back To Sleep campaign babies slept on their tummies. For some reason, tummy time = hatred but full belly + tummy = blissful sleep. She might enjoy it.

And Baby Makes Three said...

What great news for you guys!

Cibele said...

I am happy with this great news!!

Liz said...

That is the coolest thing. I had to google it to see what a Tucker sling is, but now I know. How cool! Sarah could've used one of those during her refluxy months.

And ya know, at this point, her SIDS risk is pretty tiny. SIDS is most prevalent in white male babies prior to 4 months of age. Not to say that it never happens outside of that, but that's statistically when/who the risk is highest for. Once my babies were able to turn over on their own & lift their head and look around, they did fine sleeping on their tummies/sides. I bet she'll do ok!

Carrie27 said...

That's great news! I hope that she doesn't have to have surgery at all, I know that it is scary no matter what the surgery is.

My little boy has somewhat of a flat head that we are watching. I'm hoping for a good report come January.

Kate said...

Yay!!! That is wonderful news! :)

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