A little over a month ago I read this post. I remember my heart aching for Sarah and her husband Jason as they were going through this situation with their sweet Lincoln.
Today I went back and read that post again. I felt the fear and the worry in a whole different way because friends we are now in a similar situation with our precious Mauryn.
At Mauryn's 2 year check up today, her pediatrician expressed concern over the fact that she is not gaining weight. Our itty bitty toddler weighs just barely 20 pounds and no longer has a point on the growth chart for her weight.
Our concern level is definitely heightened but we are not in full panic mode... at least not yet. I am grateful for a pediatrician who is allowing us to look down a few avenues before doing a full medical work up.
Our first step is to increase Mauryn's caloric intake, which means lots of carbs and at least one pediasure a day. We gave her a pediasure tonight and the first words out of her mouth were "YUCK!"
Our second step is to have an appointment with an ENT on Wednesday. As we looked through Mauryn's records today, there were notes on all of her last appointments that she had quite a bit of fluid in her ears. The fluid has become infected causing an ear infection, but it can cause discomfort and pain. At this point, Mauryn is probably so accustomed to the feeling it doesn't bother her anymore. We will be consulting with the ENT about getting tubes in her ears. Our pediatrician said that Mauryn is probably hearing like she is in a fish bowl. Poor baby! She also thinks that all the fluid could be causing discomfort when she eats.
In three months we will go back and see if Mauryn has started to gain weight more rapidly. If she still is not gaining weight, then they will then do a full medical work up.
We are praying and laying our precious baby at the feet of God. We are putting our trust in Him to watch over her and protect her.