We went for Asher's visit today with the Center for Children in Lowell which is a branch office for UAMS and Children's Hospital.
They took X-Rays of his lungs. His X-Rays looked horrible, but this was to be expected with his Chronic Lung Disease, being on the ventilator, lung blowing twice, etc... SO no surprise there. Our lungs continue to grow through age 7 at which time they will be deemed full grown, SO his lungs should just continue to get more healthy...it will just take time.
The GOOD NEWS is that according to Dr. Menendez, he looks much better than his slides show....which is good. His lung problems are not getting worse, it's pretty much just that he has this cold with wet cough/congestion that is causing the wheezing and faster than usual breathing.
To help this issue of a wet nasty cough we have to put him on another inhaler...Atrovent which is supposed to get rid of the wetness, congestion. The Albuterol is for the actual cough. Then we have also been using Flovent which is for inflammation of the lungs. We also got a new/larger chamber.
His food/drink calorie intake:
The nutritionist at this place was SO much more helpful! We have lots more ideas to help with his calorie intake and weight gain. Hopefully we will start to see improvements over the next few weeks. His weight gain will also help his lungs out.
The doctor also gave him an awesome car toy (shown in pic) that he could take home!!! Super excited about the car. It is soft and makes noise. Those things are expensive at the store, so we didn't get them one for Christmas like we were planning on...
...It's the little things in life :P
Thank you JESUS for the good report and wonderful visit and the awesome nurses, dr, and specialist...and the car toy!
Thank you to all of you who have been praying for our little man!!! You guys rock!! We couldn't have ever asked for a better support of friends and family in our life.
Love you all!