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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

CF Clinic Visit and Results 1/8/14 6 1/2 years old



Lil' Chris' 3 month check-up at the CF Clinic last Wed went GREAT!!!

Here is the comparison from his last visit on 9/18/13(you can always find this list on the right hand side of this blog;)...

-9/18/13 51.8lbs, 49 inches, 44% BMI, 94/82 PFT
-1/8/14 52.5lbs, 49.5 inches, 36% BMI, 95/88 PFT
 
As you can see, he gained some weight, got taller, his BMI went down(b/c he got taller), but his PFT's went UP!!! I was worried his PFT's were going to be bad, since he just got over a cough, but he did a GREAT JOB blowing until his face turned red!! I think that was the best he ever blew!!!
 
They did a throat culture and I already got the results back that it is "NORMAL" again!!!! WOOHOO!!!! I couldn't be happier!!! It was a year ago this month that he had cultured Pseudomonas(really bad bacteria). Since then, he has cultured "normal" which is AMAZING!!!! Pseudomonas is usually VERY hard to get rid of, so PRAISE GOD it stayed away!!!

 
He also got his annual chest x-rays done. He still needs to get his blood work done, but we have until his annual cf appointment on 6/4. He was supposed to get blood work done last year, but once school started it was hard to find the time to go and get it done. He gets blood work done every year and chest x-rays every other year.
 
They did see some more scarring in his lungs, which isn't good, but they said that is normal for a CFer:( I was really hoping to keep his lungs from scarring before a CURE came, but we do everything we are supposed to do and he only had like 1 bad cough in the last year, so idk.....
 
I asked the doctor about the chest pains he gets sometimes, and she said to try Tums. We usually just do his Albuterol puffer, but lately we have tried the Tums too. Not sure if either helps or not, b/c it usually only lasts about 5-10 min. The day after clinic, he had those chest pains about 4 or 5 times. We actually picked him up from school at noon. Not sure what is causing it. We thought maybe it's heartburn or something. His doctor doesn't think it is CF related. She thinks it might be Precordial Catch Syndrome(Texidor's Twinge). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precordial_catch_syndrome or http://www.precordialcatchsyndrome.org/causes-symptoms-and-treatments-for-precordial-pain/
 
Precordial Catch Syndrome (PCS), also known as Texidor's Twinge, is a common cause of chest pain in children and adolescents. It also occurs, though less frequently, in adults. PCS manifests itself as a very intense, sharp pain, typically at the left side of the chest, generally in the cartilage between the bones of the sternum and rib cage, which is worse when taking breaths. Patients often think that they are having a heart attack which causes them to panic. This pain typically lasts from 2 or 3 seconds to a few minutes, though, in some cases, they can persist for up to 30 minutes. The frequency of episodes varies from patient to patient; sometimes occurring daily with multiple episodes each day, or on a less frequent basis with weeks, months, or even years between episodes. On rare occasions, breathing in or out suddenly will cause a small popping or cracking sensation in the chest, which results in the pain going away. In most cases the pain is resolved quickly and completely, and medication is not needed for the pain to subside. There is no known treatment or cure for PCS.

His CF doctor said that most likely the Albuterol and Tums won't help it. It will just go away on it's own after a few minutes. She said there is no real concern and suggested that we get him checked by his Pediatrician to make sure nothing else is going on. So I will be making an apt soon if it continues. I hate to go to his Pediatricians during cold and flu season, but if this continues, we will go. Please pray that these pains never come back and that it's not something worse!!!
 
Thanks for all your continued prayers,
M
PS. I got to meet a fellow CF mom, Lesley, that I'm friends with on Facebook at clinic, and her son Cohen with CF. It's always nice chatting with someone else who "gets it" ;) Glad Cohen had a good visit too:)

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