We had always had issues feeding Nicole...fussy, gassy, crampy, vomiting. It was all chalked up to reflux which she was on medication for. Numerous times we had brought up our issues to doctors who subsequently always reassured us that our baby girl was just fine. Feeding problems were explained by reflux, colds, photo sensitivity you name it. After this OR however it became utterly unbearable. Nicole would scream and scream and scream. Again, we were told she was fine...look at her she's growing beautifully. Except that in 2 months she had only gained 200 grams. We were given higher doses of meds for reflux. It had reached a point where my baby girl refused to be fed. I had to wait till she was asleep to give her a bottle. Finally I had had enough and picked up a can of lactose free formula. First bottle she was a different baby. She downed bottles while wide awake and for the first time in 6 months actually fallen asleep on a bottle!!! Needless to say we were thrilled!!! We stopped the reflux meds and low and behold...no issues!! Looks like the reflux was caused by lactose issues....
OK, so why am I telling you all this? Well, Nicole was rebooked for surgery. This time to insert a valve in her eye to control her glaucoma. To make a long story short she showed up the day of surgery with a horrible cold and we were sent home. At the time we were upset. It takes a lot to get to the day of the surgery so needless to say we felt disappointed. What we didn't know is that it was the best thing that could have happened.
She was rebooked for the same surgery a week later. We showed up that day with a different baby. We had been using lactose free formula for a week. No longer pale and listless, she was happy and energetic....and...her eye had appeared to have cleared. I mentioned it to the doctor when she came to see us in the OR waiting room. She took a peak at Nicole's eye and said...hmmm...then went to get her instrument to measure her eye pressure. It appeared to have fallen. She said, let's take her in and see what pressure readings I get and I will come and talk to you before we go ahead with anything. Fine. Off we went to wait....and wait...and wait. We didn't even go eat because we thought the doc would be out so quickly. I mean, how long does it take to sedate a child and get some pressure readings? Finally I'd had enough and took a peak at the info board. It had been updated and said Nicole was in recovery...huh??? Then around the corner came Dr. T. She took us into the little side room to chat and told us the pressure had improved so much they did not feel it necessary to do anything. What?? Huh?? For real??
The only thing we could all figure happened was that with the change of formula Nicole was better absorbing her meds. Unbelievable!! Needless to say we are super happy. Frustrated but happy. And the lesson here is go with your gut feeling. We knew something wasn't right even though the doctors kept telling us there was nothing to worry about. Push push push and be your child's advocate!! Be that crazy parent...who cares....no one is looking out for your little one but you!!
We have had our follow up appointment and it appears that Nicole's eye pressure is under control for the time being. Wonderful news!! We are now back to patching (and as a side note her third contact lens prescription in 4 months $$$).
Isn't this a testament to the fact that prayers are in fact answered!!?? Thank you to everyone who prayed for our little girl!!! Someone was definitely listening!!
|Super happy on my new formula!|