First of all, happy 6th birthday to my beautiful goddaughter, Chloe! :)
Both my girls visited their GI today. At first, I hesitated to post this since our community seems to be on a roller coaster this week, but as a mom, I'm happy with our visit today. I do want add my prayers and love for all of our liver families.
Even though, we waited nearly 1 1/2 hours, Grace was the most cooperative she has ever been with our GI before. She climbed up on the exam table herself, and giggled her way through the exam of her liver and spleen. She even answered the doctor's questions herself. I was a pretty proud mama and filled in a few details as needed. She really is growing up so quickly.
The GI even had an intern along to learn about our girls since the intern had never seen Alpha-1 patients before. It was quite refreshing to have a newly minted doc do a complete patient history on my kiddos. So, both Grace and Meghan received their exams twice today.
We did have one episode of 4-year old "ness" though. Or, should I say Gracieness? Grace is severely frightened of blood tests and immunizations. She was due for labs so we headed down to the lab. They called her name, and she bolted for the door to the hallway. I had to catch up to her, and pick her up. When got into the room, and she kicked up a fuss. I put her on my lap so that I could help calm her down. Well, 5 minutes later she had whipped up her "meltdown magic" and the blood draw didn't look like it was going to happen. I let her go, and told her we needed a "do-over." I took her to the bathroom, and washed her face. She calmed down a bit so I took her back for the draw. This time, she cried, but was able to sit for the test. She even watched the blood flow into the container. Whew! I was mentally exhausted when it was done, but we got those labs. Hooray!
Meghan had her exam too, and was pretty cooperative as much as a 2 year old can be. No labs for her though. She has been visiting our GI quite a bit due to weight issues. Which leads me to our really great news...
Meghan is now up to 23 pounds, 7 ounces. Our GI actually clapped with those numbers. Grace weighed 40 lbs, 2 ounces. So all-in-all, it was a good visit. Livers appear to be good based on physical assesment alone, but I don't have any lab results yet. I'm expecting the status quo of mild elevations on AST and ALT.