Medical Update

Thank you everyone who read and/or commented on yesterday’s post. I am so blessed to have such wonderful, supportive friends and family. I love you all.

We just got back from Grayson’s 6th month appointment. Here are the stats:

Weight: 13 pounds, 7 ounces (0.87%)
Height: 25.75 inches (20.91 %) WOW!
Head Circumference: 15.98 inches (0.74%)

Good news first- Grayson is getting tall! (at his 4 month appointment he was in the 4th%!) I could hardly believe it when they told me that number- he’s never been above the 5th% for ANYTHING! Woo hoo! Dr. D also noticed how well Grayson was tracking- he even turned his head toward her when she walked in the room!

Concerns- obviously, his weight and head circumference. Dr. D is more concerned about his weight- up until now, he’d been following his own curve, but he’s dropped off and she wants him to get back on. Since Grayson won’t take more volume than I am giving him, she wants me to increase the calories per serving- so basically mixing more formula for the same amount of water. I’ll be using my mad 6th grade math proportion skillz (cross multiply and divide!) to figure out how much he’ll get.

Grayson’s therapist also wanted me to ask Dr. D about reflux- she suspects he might have it, although I’ve never thought he has- he spits up, but it’s usually not a lot and he doesn’t seem to be in pain during or right after feedings. Anyway, Dr. D said he might have “silent reflux” (yeah, Erin, you were onto something!) where the acid rises up but never comes out. She doesn’t want to start him on any medication now until we see how the extra caloric intake goes first, but when we go back in a month we will reevaluate that.

I told her that I need to have Grayson seen by some kind of specialist and she agreed. She mentioned his low muscle tone and lack of head control. I told her the neurologist we have an appointment with in May, and it turns out he’s one she refers to (yay!) but she also wants him seen sooner than May. She’s going to call and use her doctor-powers to try and get him a sooner appointment. She also mentioned I might look into a pediatric neuro-opthamologist- I told her I have several recommendations of opthamologists and I’d call her with the names.

So, I feel really good after our appointment today. I really, really love our doctor- she genuinely cares about Grayson and I feel like she really listens to me and considers everything I say. Like I said, we’ll go back in a month for a weight check and hopefully we will have been seen my the neurologist by then!


  1. Traci on March 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Hooray! I've been telling you that he's getting taller. Way to go, G! And that's good that she's going to try to help you get an earlier appointment. I'm going to email you the opthamologist's info….

  2. Nancy on March 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    We have loved all three of these POs at HEA, but Dr Mazow is "ours."Houston Eye Associates(713) 668-6828Pediatric OphthalmologyCarlos Gonzales M.D.Malcolm Mazow M.D., F.A.C.S.Kathryn Musgrove M.D.

  3. Michael and Erin on March 31, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I knew he was long and lean!!! Glad the appointment went well and that you have found a wonderful dr. who listens and will work with you. And look at you, being such a champion for G, making your own suggestions and requests, virtual high five!! Hope she can pull some strings and get him in sooner!!!

  4. Megan DeWald Kline on March 31, 2011 at 2:26 am

    We love you, Elizabeth. And we love Grayson. And you inspire us more than we can express.Love,M&P

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