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Post Edited (Twinstride) : 5/19/2006 3:19:57 PM (GMT-6)
Hi Sea 2 Sorry to hear about your granddaughter,but glad to hear you now know what is wrong.It sounds like you and your daughter are doing a great job I feel you can never be to cautious,and it's safer to be overly than not enough.My son has CF he was born Feb 8th and diagnosed at 8 days old through the new born screening test.We had no idea we were carriers either,we also have a 4 year old girl,who we have found out since our son was born is a carrier.Luckly our son has not been sick ( praise the Lord) but I feel maybe that is because he was diagnosed before he had a chance to get sick,and was given the RSV shots in the winter months to keep him from respitory infections.He was 7lbs 5oz when he was born and now weighs 13lbs 9oz. I will keep your granddaughter and your family in my prayers.
I have just been reading one of the threads "advise please". Leah was born on 29th January this year and wasn't diagnosed until 6 weeks old. She now weighs 10lb 6oz having been 6lb 7oz when she was born. Conner weighs quite a lot more than Leah so I think it probably was a good thing to start him on the Creon so quickly. After six weeks of life Leah's arms and legs were stick thin and her belly was distended. It was scary to see. Now she is quite chubby because although she is gaining weight she doesn't seem to be growing longer. Like Conner Leah began to roll onto her tummy at a young age. I can't help wondering how Bailee is as all three children were born around about the same time.
That is very encouraging and reassuring. I suppose it's only natural for her to be susceptible at so young an age and we have been warned that she will pick up infections etc. We are all still learning what Leah's natural state of health is going to be. Also, your point about her not feeling isolated is an important one.
Leah has been prescribed an inhaler and is breathing much better today.
Hi Sea2! I think it is wonderful that you are there for your daughter and grandaughter. I have a 2 year old son that was diagnosed at 2 weeks old. I dont think I would have made it thus far if not for my mother (and of course the Lord). My mother has helped me sooo much with my son...not only physical help but mentally as well. Your daughter will need you....there is nothing like the support of your family.
I also wanted to tell you a little about what we have been through. My son has only been in the hospital one time but boy was it a doozy! He got a virus at 11 months of age from his cousin that was almost too much for him to handle. We took him to the emergency room on a Sunday night where they immediately took him to the ICU and put him on a ventilator and a medically induced coma. All of this was for his lungs to rest since he was having so much trouble breathing. He stayed on the vent for about 7 days and finally came out of the ICU after 10 days. He was in a regular room for about 6 days and then finally got to come home. The docs ran so many test and gave him several cultures all of which came back clear of infection. They finally said he had a virus. I am telling you all of this to let you know that this winter was a much better one than last. He did get a few colds this winter and even got bronchitus but was able to get better with oral anitbiotics and more treatments per day at home. I can tell how much better his body is at being able to recover now since he is a little older. He is able to cough now when I tell him too and that is so helpful too him. I really think that as your grandaughter gets older things will get easier for you guys as well. It really is harder when they are babies.
Also he is our youngest of four all of which have the same mom and dad. We were also shocked at the diagnosis. No family history on either side and three previously healthy children. When they told me itcould be three things, one of which was cf, I thought there was no way it would be that. Well anyway welcome to the board and hope your grandaughter is feeling good soon!
Thanks for your messages. When things seem to be going from bad to worse it is reassuring to know that things should get better later. If your son can improve after all that he has been through then that gives us hope for the future. Leah is a bit better today so of course her mum feels better too. I suppose this will be the pattern.