Friday, September 04, 2009

Matty Boy

This picture was taken at the annual Dowdle Reunion (Paul's mom's side of the family) which is ALWAYS held the first Sunday of August at noon at the old school house.

Matty continues to be the sweetest little boy I know! He melts my heart on a regular basis. At his 18 month check-up he weighed in at 24 pounds, 3 ounces (30th percentile) and 33.5 inches long (90th percentile). Early indications that tall and thin may be in his future. While the doctor can predict more accurately when children are two, she made an early prediction that Matthew would be 6'1"! I know it shouldn't matter, but I was durn proud to think about having a tall, strapping lad about the house some day!

However, we are continuing to battle with his respiratory issues. So, we were back at the doc about a two weeks ago after Matthew had another round of runny nose, fever, coughing, and breathing treatments. We have been trying acid reflux medicine (we started with Zantact because the health insurance company wouldn't cover the Prevacid the doctor ordered - insert resentful tone here). So, after all this and still being very "breating treatment dependent", we were off to the pediatric pulmonologist. They were very thorough and asked all kinds of questions that I wouldn't have anticipated to be related to pulmonology stuff. Such as: is his poop especially smelly?, does he have bad breath in the morning?, and on and on. Then another chest X-ray; which Matty was not happy about and to get the side view we had to strap the poor boy to a board while he screamed the entire time (I've had better moments than being a contributor to that!). So, where does that leave us? They seem to think Matty has asthma (triggered largely by colds and/or congestion) and acid reflux (which exacerbates the asthma isues). But, just to be thorough and to make sure it has been ruled out, Matty is going to be tested for Cystic Fibrosis. Scary to think about but I refuse to let myself worry about something like that until it has been diagnosed because I am pretty confident that he does not have that. Anyway, for now the pediatric pulmonologist has increased the strength of his Flovent (topical steroid taken through an inhaler), switched us from Zantact to Prevacid (and, yes, now the insurance company will cover it), and we continue the Xoponex as we need it. We are supposed to get to the point where Matthew only needs breathing treatments once or twice a month (rather than the twice a day we have to do now for the entire time he is sick - which is anywhere from 1 to 3 of every 4 weeks). I hope the end result will be to get him healthy and strong before this flu season really kicks in as his asthma puts him at high risk of complications if he gets H1N1.

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