Our old CF Commercial that plays on MCTV. Still working on this years.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Enzymes 1/29/15

Sorry it's been so long since my last post, but....NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS, right??? :)

One of my last posts said that Chris hadn't gained any weight, well...at his next clinic apt, he ended up gaining like 2 or 3 pounds!! We were soooooo thrilled!!! Since then, he hasn't gained as much, but little bits each apt, so there was no increase in enzymes. However, his cf dr told us to use up what enzymes he had, then she would prescribe a stronger one. I guess she could see what was to come. He has been taking about 7-8 of the blue and red pill above with every meal and snack. He actually swallows them all at once too!! Not bad for a 7 year old, right??

A sign that his enzymes aren't working are poor weight gain and/or greasy/oily stool. For those who don't know...those with Cystic Fibrosis need to take special Enzymes(pills above) with everything they eat, b/c their body doesn't digest the food properly. Therefore, if they didn't take the enzymes, the food would basically just run right through them and their health would decline very fast. Good weight gain helps the lungs too, which is another big factor when it comes to Cystic Fibrosis. So his CF dr keeps a close eye on how well his enzymes are working.

At one of his cf apts, the dr prescribed a stronger enzyme(the red and clear one above). It's a lot bigger than his old ones, which he has used from birth. He started taking them on 1/29/15, his sister Ayla's 6th birthday:) He was getting REALLY greasy/oily stools and he was at his max amount that he could take with his old pills, you can only take 8. Therefore, we started him on the new bigger ones. He made the decision himself! He wasn't too sure about taking the bigger pills, so I wanted him to decide. After about the 3rd or 4th bad greasy/oily stool in just a few days, he said to me, "Mom, I think I need to start the new pills now." I asked him if he thought they would help, and he said yes. So, he started the new bigger ones, and has not had a greasy/oily stool since!! I'm so happy he sees what the pills can and can't do now! I'm trying to build the foundation for his future. I've seen a lot of CF kids refuse to take enzymes once they hit a certain age, b/c they may be embarrassed or something. Well, now he kinda sees what will happen if he doesn't take them. Actually it would be a lot worse if he doesn't take anything at all, but.....we will cross that bridge when/if we ever get there.

So, he swallows 2 at the same time of the bigger enzymes with every meal and snack now!! He does it like it's nothing!! I'm so proud of him! He's my champ:)

As for a general CF update, he has been culturing something the last few times, but nothing to worry about at this time. He had two 24 hour bugs this winter, but no coughs or bad colds or anything. I don't think he was on any antibiotics this past year!! That's amazing for a CFer!! The Pulmozyme really does help him!! Now they are coming out with a new way of administering Pulmozyme! It will only take 2-3 minutes, rather than 10 minutes!! Plus, it's an on-the-go type, so he won't have to be sitting next to his nebulizer machine!! YEA!!!

Overall, he has been doing GREAT!!! We all had a BLAST on his Make A Wish trip to Disney Land this past July!! We are so grateful to the Make A Wish Foundation!! See my last post of all the pics we took:) I plan on giving back someday...maybe be a volunteer:)

I'll try to update more if I can. It's been hard since I got promoted at work. I used to work 36 hours, now I work around 50 hours a week. Plus, I have already started planning for this years Great Strides Walk for CF!! Save the date, it's on Sunday May 3rd 2015!!! Can't wait!!!

Have a GREAT day!!