Friday, March 13, 2009

Swallow study

There's good news and bad news. During the study Alex was given small amounts of chalky liquids and solids that showed up on x-ray. The study showed that formula has been getting into her lungs on most of her swallows. They think this has been happening for quite some time. This aspiration causes her lungs to be irritated and inflamed and may be contributing to her oxygen requirements and wheezing.

The good news is that they added a thickening agent (similar to honey) to her liquids and she did not aspirate. So, they've ordered the "honey" consistency and we should be able to start feeding her from her bottle soon. Our big girl is making big steps. We thank God for this outcome and feel grateful we've found a safe way to bottle feed our baby. Our prayers still go out to our little friend Autumn (with spina bifida) who wasn't so fortunate with her swallow study this week.

Thanks to all of our faithful prayer warriors :)


Jenene said...

Oh! I just love her! So happy the study went well. Hopefully this means Alex will be peddling her way outta there soon! ;) Jenene

Lacy said...

Oh, we are so happy for Alex. Tell her to suck a few down for Autumn. She's been doing okay these past 2 days without bottles but did get one today while on the road. ;) Hopefully this good news will get her home soon. Thinking of you guys and praying as always?

Lacy said...

Sorry meant to put an exclamation instead of the question mark at the end of my last comment--make the comment not sound so good. :)

Kathryn said...

Our prayers are with you always. We are sooooo glad that she is making progress. Such amazing blessings everyday. We wil include Autumn in ours as well. Much love and big hugs.
The Salazars

Anonymous said...

yeah for Alex!! Wonderful answer to prayer! Continuing to pray for a smooth recovery and that she'll be home soon! I just love her pics, she is so adorable!


Anonymous said...

Glad to know the thickening agent is helping--I'm sure it's good to have some answers to her lung puzzle! Prayers for swift progress!

Krista and Eric

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the news on the swallow study.

You guys our still in our prayers.

Cat & Andrew

Anonymous said...

Alex looks so cute in her pic she's saying I want to go home plase. Love Mrs.Leah