Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pulmonary hypertension medicine?

Whitney now weighs 10 pounds, 4 ounces. She had good pediatrician and cardiologist appointments this week. However, Whitney was referred to a pulmonologist because our pediatrician believes she may have tracheomalacia http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001084.htm

Basically, her breathing has not improved since the surgery, so we remain concerned. Hopefully the pulmonologist will help us deal with this issue accordingly.

On a lighter note, Whitney is on some interesting medicine these days. She has to take sildenafil citrate to help with her pulmonary hypertension. What is sildenafil citrate also commonly referred to as? Yep......VIAGRA! Yes, my 3.5 month old DAUGHTER takes erectile dysfunction drugs! Basically, it was FIRST used as a pulmonary hypertension drug and the researchers realized its interesting side effect.

So Laura tells me that I need to go to the pharmacy to pick up Whitney's liquid sildenafil citrate, as she was busy with Anne and Whitney. Knowing that I am picking up Viagra, I felt a little weird about this errand. Nonetheless, I went to the pharmacy and looked over my shoulder to find no one behind me in line at the counter. Whew! I asked the pharmacist for Whitney Byron's prescription. Just as I do this, a younger couple gets RIGHT behind me in line at the pharmacy. Wouldn't you know it, one minute later, the pharmacist brings out a pretty big bottle in a white bag, with the words "VIAGRA" written in big capital letters right on the front of the bag. She holds it up and flashes it right in my face for all to see. No doubt, these people HAD to see that it said "VIAGRA" in big letters right on the front of the bag. I reached up and sheepishly turned the bag over to try and cover the viagra words, but I am certain they saw it.

The things we do for our children. When Whitney is older, MUCH, MUCH older, I'll have to tell her about the embarassment I went through for her health.

3 comments:

kathy.stadler said...

Michael and Laura,
I am sorry to hear of the
tracheomalacia..hoping that
the Drs and medicine will make
things right for dear Whitney.
I would be happy to bring you
dinner one night soon..let me know
414 1089.
You are doing a great job..i know
you are busy..your story at the
pharmacy is quite outstanding..oh my.
God bless you. Love, Aunt kathy

Anonymous said...

Very Funny Story Mike! So much for Hippa rules for confidentiality!

Glad Whitney is doing better! May you all enjoy the holidays. Have some fun!
Love Jacqui

Rebecca said...

Oh my goodness! Maybe next time, the pharmacy drive-thru would be a less embarrassing alternative :). I can't believe the pharmacist did that! At least you can laugh about it.

It's nice to hear that Whitney is growing! We'll pray for good news from the pulmonologist. Take Care :)