Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Not out of the woods yet

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we were taking Carina to see a Nutritionist and for a follow-up with the Pediatric Nephrologist.

The good news: the Nutritionist took a look at our daily food journals and told us that we are feeding her all the right things. She is eating a balanced diet, we just need to keep at it in terms of getting her to eat more of it. And? The blood work that we had done for the 3rd time (1st two values were abnormal) was normal! Her CO2 level was just fine this time around.

The blah news: the Nephrologist also ordered a blood gas test, which came back with a low blood pH. So, he doesn't feel comfortable ruling out Renal Tubular Acidosis (RTA) quite yet. He wants to see us again in September and if she doesn't have significant weight gain by then, he wants to try putting her on sodium bicarbonate (the treatment for RTA) to see if her growth improves.

I was hoping that her eating would improve upon weaning her a few weeks ago. So far, it's hard to tell. She is drinking more milk for sure, but we don't yet know if she is making any progress. Maybe I'll bring her down the hall to the Pediatrician for a weight check when I'm at the clinic for my OB appointment next Wednesday.

So I guess we'll see. Of course I don't want anything to be wrong with her, but if there is, we'd like to get her on the right path as soon as possible.

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