Monday, March 30, 2009
Laraleigh's littlest one is back at Scottish Rite for the THIRD time.
Julia first became sick at the beginning of January. Yes, the poor little babe has been sick for THAT long.
It's hard to imagine.
This time the Doctor's have become determined to figure out once and for all what's behind all of her extreme respiratory symptoms before sending her home again. ('bout damn time if you ask me)
Tomorrow she is scheduled for two tests ... The first being an echocardiogram to look and see if her Patent Ductus Arteriosis has opened back up. ( Simplest terms ... there's a hole in the heart that does not allow blood to travel through the lungs. ) If this shows an opening, it will mean immediate surgery.
The second is a sweat test for Cystic Fibrosis.
They have put a rush on the results and should have those answers by the afternoon.
If all comes back negative on those, the doctors will move on to a swallow study to check for aspiration of food into her lungs. After that will be a brachioscopy to take a good, hard look at the lungs and see is they can find anything that the other tests have missed.
The last test scheduled thus far will be a spinal tap to check for meningitis.
At this point, we're not quite sure what to be hoping for.
All of the "easy stuff" seems to have been ruled out. Hoping/wishing/praying every day that they somehow overlooked a simple cause for all of her symptoms... and that they can resolve her issues with minimal effort.
Please send all you've got to this sweet little girl... prayers/postive thoughts/healing energy/healthy baby vibes .. anything and everything will be truly appreciated.
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