Friday, July 6, 2012

Failure to thrive update

While I have posted on Twitter and Facebook here and there about Carina's progress, I realized that it's been about since 6 weeks since I last updated you all on the blog. If you don't know what I'm talking about and would like to catch up, here is a good place to start, this is about her testing, and then the latest. So here goes.

Carina's kidney ultrasound was clear; nothing was abnormal. Despite repeat blood work showing a low CO2 level, the doctor still wants us to test her once more (which we'll do next week). On July 12th we have an appointment with a nutritionist to go over our food diaries, and then on July 16th we see the pediatric nephrologist once again. I'm assuming he'll give us the blood work and urinalysis results (from the last appointment) then.

We had her 18 Month appointment last week and she is now 19 lbs. 12 oz. (14%) and 31 inches (25%). Her doctor is actually no longer concerned. She is pretty convinced that she doesn't have any medical issues, as evidenced by her growing, albeit slowly. In her opinion, she's just a petite, picky eater.

Height - you see that 16% to 25% uptick? Eff yeah!
Weight - not quite as exciting, but steady at 14%
It seems that whenever I get really frustrated with Carina's eating she does something else that amazes me. Like these past couple weeks have been a vocabulary explosion. I've been tracking her words with my voKIDulary app and she is now up to 85! My favorites are broccoli, raisins, avocado, and chocolate milk. She also has gone from recognizing and pointing out a few letters, to all of them. I say take that, failure to thrive!

Hopefully after her appointments next week I'll be able to give a final, conclusive update on all this. Thanks for bearing with me here, friends.

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