Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Big "Annual" Clinic Visit

We have regular, quarterly appointments for Judith at the CF Clinic, with other appointments in between when something crops up, but today's appointment was the big one with her annual labs.  Usually I can count on this appointment turning into an all day ordeal, but got a pleasant surprise today since we didn't have to wait long for any of her labs.

We started with our appointment with Dr. G.  Judith was being her typical  2 year old self, and kept declaring, "I don't want to say 'hi!' to everyone!", but was pleasantly cooperative for the nurses taking her vitals.

One of these days I'm going to remember to take more pictures to help document her visits since I forgot to take some of her on the scale and whatnot.  Anyway, I was excited to see that she weighed 27 lbs., and am cautiously optimistic that it's not because she's backed up again.  This puts her back up into the 15%, which is way better than the 3% she was at during her last visit.  She's also 35 1/4" tall.

Judith's exam with Dr. G. went well by her standards.  Last visit she figured out that clamping her jaw shut can delay Dr. G. from swabbing her throat for her cultures, so today she had a repeat performance.  He finally got the swab, and Judith was happy once she got a lollipop.  Everything is looking and sounding good, and Dr. G. seemed pleased with where she's at today.

The other half of the big annual appointment is labs.  Depending on the day and time, this part can take a long time with lots of waiting, or it can be a quick event.  Today we got lucky and it was a quick event.  We were the only ones in the waiting areas in the lab and radiology, so Judith didn't have as much of a chance to have a meltdown from a long wait.  She was not happy to be stuck with a needle to have her blood drawn or to have her picture taken, but all of the techs that we had today were really good with her and they got what they needed.  I'm not anticipating any changes in Judith's chest x-ray since her last one was clear, and don't expect anything unusual to turn up in her blood work.  I'm sure that her throat culture's going to grow her usual MRSA, and am hoping that nothing new turns up since her culture last month.

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