Thursday, August 16, 2007
Claire had follow-up appointments at Children's Hospital today. She weighs 8 lbs 14 oz and is 22 inches long. The surgeon was very impressed with how well Claire is looking. She is fattening up and her incisions are completely healed. The pulmonary specialist said Claire's chest x-ray looks better than the one they took last month and that her lungs are aerating very well. Her right lung is normal-sized, and her left lung is about half-sized and is getting bigger. Her sat reading was 100 (when they took it in the office last month it was only 92). They are going to have us hook her to the oximeter for one night and record the readings so that they will have them documented, then they will come pick up the oxygen equipment from our house and she will be "officially" off it. She has been unofficially off it for a month now. The pulmonary doctor said very few of his CDH patients come off the oxygen so quickly. Both doctors want to see Claire back in about three months. She will need to get Synagis injections this fall to help protect her from RSV.