Sunday, November 22, 2009

Updates, Pictures, and Wanted Prayers

Ethan has been spending a lot of time with his daddy this weekend! I love seeing the two of them interact, especially when it involves the guitar. Take a peek at Ethan practicing his skills:







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On Wednesday, I'm taking Ethan to Duke for a swallow study. I took him to the ear, nose, and throat doctor about a week ago, and it seems as though his adenoids need to be removed.

Before Dr. H moves forward with a surgery, he would like to gain a little more information about the anatomy of Ethan's airway/esophagus/nasal passages. If Ethan participates, we will be able to see whether or not any of the Barium solution (which will be the consistency of baby food) penetrates his airway, or goes up into his nose. "Participate" means Ethan will allow the speech therapist to put some of this solution into his mouth, he'll swallow it, then repeat. A radiologist will be taking pictures through the whole process to watch what happens if Ethan eats the mixture.

The last time we took Ethan in for a swallow study he wasn't ready, and we have questions as to whether he's ready now. He's been doing much better on the eating front lately, but he's still not taking large quantities by mouth. Will y'all pray that he would show off for us on Wednesday? Not only will this give Dr. H some useful information, but it could also give us a few hints as to why eating solids is somewhat of a struggle. I will be absolutely thrilled if Wednesday morning goes well, and probably pretty upset if it doesn't.

Not to mention it will be just me and Ethan, in the middle of his morning nap, forcing nasty Barium down his throat. That could be ugly.

So, say some prayers, think good thoughts, and wish us luck for Wednesday. I'll be sure to let y'all know how it goes.

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Have I mentioned that Ethan is now the proud angry owner of SIX pearly whites?! He's coping with these new creatures in his mouth by grinding his teeth. It sounds absolutely awful and I can't figure out how to make him stop. Has anyone experienced this before in babies? Any advice??

And (sort of) speaking of developmental milestones, Ethan has rolled over onto his stomach in his sleep the past few nights. He usually wakes us up, screaming to be turned over, but not last night! Jeramie walked in around 6:45 this morning to find him sound asleep on his tummy. He looked so freakin' cute, I could hardly stand it. Maybe, just maybe, we're turning a corner....

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Alright y'all, that's all for now. Until next time....

3 comments:

Jeanette said...

so cute- looks like he really likes to show off his teeth. wish I had advice for teeth grinding, my oldest still does this at night, it makes me cringe when I hear it.

Jen said...

Good luck tomorrow a.m.! We see Dr. H., too. Looks like we have lots of the same docs! :-)

Hope he's an eating champ at the swallow study, but whether he is or not, I'm sure you'll get information that helps you move forward. We'll be praying for you.

Crystal in IL said...

I was told by my daughter's speech therapist and pediatric dentist that it was very common for kiddos with oral adversions/depravation to grind their teeth. My daughter ground her bottom front teeth against her top front teeth that there is significant enamal wear. She stopped grinding her teeth around a year old so hopefully so will your little guy :)

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