Thursday, July 23, 2009

Stupid Growth Chart

As appears to be protocol at every doctor's appointment, they took Penny's height and weight at her allergist appointment which turned out to be a total waste of time. She has to be off her allergy stimulant for 7 days or it interferes with skin tests. Wish someone had told me that - now nothing is available until the end of August. Of course every scale is different but if you were wondering - here is how Penny's current weight looks on the growth chart. I wish I could have found a program that lets me enter multiple points of data so I can show you the picture over the last 10+ months but maybe I'll do it by hand and post it at their year birthday.

The red circles show her height and weight - I guess it is no surprise she fell off the scale on her height too. You can click on it to make it bigger.

I should also mention that she probably hasn't gained any weight because she has a bad cold and now an ear infection - typical end product of a cold when you have large adenoids. She has pretty much only been eating the snot that drips down her face - okay, so it's a river of snot that's impossible to keep up on. And her monitor shows she desaturates all night long because she is breathing through her mouth and the O2 comes in through a nasal cannula. Husband and I haven't been getting much sleep.

I just wanted to bitch. Thanks for listening.


Stacey said...

The hardest thing must be knowing that something is wrong but not what is actually wrong! That would drive me nuts and cause many, many sleepless nights. At this point you could write a dissertation on the medical community and how they handle and treat infants. They really didn't tell you about being off the stimulant? That would have been me asking to talk to the office manager and to get an immediate appointment for 8 days later! But Jeremy hates when I pull crap like that :-)

LauraC said...

Bitch away! Poor thing. My BFF's son has had a bazillion medical issues and dropped off the weight/height chart. It is a neverending saga of worry.

Nicole S. said...

OK, I give you loads of kudos because I would flip my shit if I heard that from a doctor. Like, they all expect you to know everything you're supposed to do without being informed. Duh, Mommy Esq., what kind of person doesn't know that skin tests require 7 days of no medication?!

Can you tell I don't like doctors?

Liz Jimenez said...

Oh man, you just can't catch a break! I hope Penny's cold clears up soon.

Anonymous said...

I think the comments before are well intended, but I think they are written too quickly - "it must be so hard", etc - particularly from those who are not experiencing the same problems.

Your daughter is lively, engaging, and "gets it".

From what I have seen from my own kids and others, this is really important. I hate to see "failure to thrive" on your blog. If a picture says a thousand words, then that sweet baby is more than thriving. Good job Mom and Dad :)

That said, I know you have to contend with the breathing and eating, etc, but as you said on a prior entry, I think it will all resolve itself. (example, my newphew was "infant anorexic (never heard of it either) and now at 10 is pudgy (who knows?).

As for medical staff, like all of us, they are overwhelmed, and surely not at all as detailed or customer focused as they need to be (I use the term customer very loosely- I know patient is more appropriate).

As another blogger said, sometimes it is o.k. to make demands (as you did in the hospital).

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

As John Lennon said, "Chirst you know it ain't easy!" I'm always amazed at how well you keep it together- working full time and being a full on super involved parent. You should really be bitching a lot more than you do! I agree that the nasty cold and ear infection is the likely cause of Penny not gaining weight. The last time Mumu had a bad cold with constantly streaming nose she would barely eat a thing. Babies seem to go right off their game if anything makes them uncomfortable, and what could be more uncomfortable than colds, infections, etc? Luckily, they are temporary. Penny will grow up to be a healthy model/ neurosurgeon and accuse you of exaggerating the hell she put you through ;)

Gretchen said...

Ugh! I hope the end is near - the snot clears up and nose breathing (and oxygen getting) starts up again soon.

Boston Chef said...

We'll assume - since you didn't post her progress on the Adorable Scale - that Penny is still 100th %ile!

Shake that cold, baby!

Nancy said...

Dang. I can only imagine what you're going through. Logan's not on the charts either, so I get that part...but all these hospital stays - I'm impressed you're still blogging. Bitch away - that's what we're here for.

And ya - I think I would have lost it if I had been in your place at the allergist's office...

Thinking of you!!

Cara said...

Hi there! I was just recommended to your blog from Jen at Moore Than a Mom. My 2 year old son was diagnosed with FTT when he was around 6 months. We're still trying to get to the bottom of it. I just wrote a post about some of our struggles getting him to eat. I haven't had a chance to read through all your old posts yet, but I definitely plan to. As much as I hate that we're both dealing with FTT kids and the constant worry that comes with it, it is somewhat comforting to see someone else in a similar situation. (Also, I'm an attorney turned SAHM too! :) )