Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Long awaited appointment...

Yesterday was the day for our long awaited GI appointment. The doctor we saw yesterday had accepted us as his patient (we are so thankful). He is the one who actually did her motility studies in the hospital in May/June.

I will attempt to explain in layman's terms as was explain to us. What normally takes place on a person when there isn't a motililty issue is that the body does a chomping motion that chomps the food and moves it through your system. In Annabel's case this doesn't happen. It is due to a few things, not all totally clear yet. Her biggest issue is that in her system she has such poor muscle tone. In many of her areas she has retrograde activity when things move backwards and not forward. With the combination of the poor muscle tone not moving things much at all and the fact that they want to go backwards seems to be causing so much of the problem.

As of next week we will remove her G-button and replace with a GJ button and she will again be fed through her J port and then she will be vented through her G button. She will not come off the TPN as I had hoped and he cannot say at this time if she will become TPN dependant. We are looking at a couple things as far as more testing. They will be doing more enzyme testing, also another endoscope for more biopsies. We are also considering a port being placed at this time to allow us more freedom for Annabel to get into the pool for her therapy. Dr. C was very open to the possiblilty of upping her dose of TPN and just giving it 12 hrs. nightly. Overall, they aren't upping her dose but they would recalculate what she was getting in the 24/hr or 18 hrs/ infusions and give it during 12 hrs. while sleeping. He listened/explained so intently which we haven't always had concerning her GI. He also wants to see her back in a month so he can get to know Annabel and how she works better. Boy, how we don't hear that very often. There are some medication changes that we are going to begin. Everything right now will be trial and error trying to see if we can induce motility on our own. Her intake into her belly is only 20mls/hr. We are trying to keep something going into her stomach as we know that is what is best if possible. Due to much of this she is still said to have psuedo-obstruction. It is just what takes place when there is no/very little motility.

This probably sounds like not much to have waited for, but there is more to it (just can't explain). Also, we do have a plan of care and that is really all we need to know that someone is caring for her and trying to help us understand what is taking place in her little sweet body!

I have added a couple more pictures. One is with Annabel and her brother Derek when he came to visit. She loves when her brothers and sisters surprise her in the evening with visits. Also the next one is of Derek and Linzy after going out to eat with their moms. Cindy (Linzy's mom is so fun to hang out with!) We had been to their church with Derek and Linzy and heard a very dynamic speaker.