Today’s clinic visit went so well! Kelsie said she was excited to go and told everyone about the card she had made for her doctor. She gave her the Red Velvet muffin we got her for Valentine’s Day and even did a dance for her, which I thought was just precious!. She hopped down from the table and said “ok, here it goes…” then proceeded to whirl and twirl just like a ballerina. I love that she has such confidence about her!
She also loved the new goodies in her backpack!
So as far as health goes, (since that is really the reason we go) both girls are doing great! Both are growing perfectly along their growth curve. Kelsie was 43 lbs and 43 inches. Her weight is 72nd percentile which is just awesome! Mackenzie weighed 15lbs 3oz and was 25in long. Her weight for length is 54th percentile. Kelsie’s didn’t perform as well on PFTs as she did last time in terms of technique. They like for her to blow out for 3 seconds at the end but she could only hold it for about 2 seconds. Still, her lung function looked great and showed no signs of obstruction. The doctor was so pleased with how well she has been eating and we all praised her for the new foods she has learned to like.
The only change we made was increasing Mackenzie’s Eryped dose which is used for GI motility. Her reflux is still a big issue, and she spits up large amounts frequently. It’s an ongoing issue but I’m just expecting her to grow out of it soon. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem to bother her or affect her growth.
So nothing really new health wise. Both girls are thankfully doing extremely well!
The most exciting part of the visit was the magic lollipop! It worked BEAUTIFULLY! I knew it wouldn’t work if Kelsie knew it was from me, so I discretely gave it to the nurse, asked her to put one of Kelsie’s labels on it and put it in a specimen bag to make it look official. (Since I used to work there and know this nurse personally, I am comfortable making such bold requests!) So as we neared time to do the throat swab, I asked the nurse to bring in the lollipop, which she said had been sent straight up from the pharmacy. I take back what I said in my last post about always being honest with her. I guess sometimes there is room for made up stories! 😉 The look on Kelsie’s face when she saw the lollipop was priceless! She cocked a half smile but also had a look of disbelief and nervous excitement. There was even more excitement when the nurse pointed out that it matched the butterflies on the ceiling!
So Kelsie enjoyed her lollipop while the doctor and I talked and I could just feel her anxiety over the throat job just melting away. When it came time to do the swab, she opened her mouth, I counted to 2 and it was over. She cried afterwards, as I expected but even that was short lived. I immediately let her open the “Be Brave” gift bag and she was so excited about her new unicorn and sour patch kids. She then admitted that it really didn’t hurt that bad. She said she was just scared before and that is why she always fought it so much. She still believes the lollipop helped and told me after the visit, “mommy, maybe I will still need the magic lollipop one more time when I am 5, then I will be able to do it without it.” Sweet girl.
We got out of this visit in just 2.5 hours which seems like record time! Kelsie was even able to make it to dance on time!
So all in all it was a great day! We all went to her PJ and Pancake Day at preschool, Nathan and I had an hour to sit at the coffee shop until time to pick her up, we all had lunch together, and then went to the appointment. It was a long and eventful day and we were all exhausted by the end. But I am so thankful for all of it. Even the dinner waiting for us at home from a generous friend! (You know who you are and we appreciate you so!) Good day and healthy girls! Praising God for all of these blessings!