We went to see Whitney's pulmonologist yesterday for our regular 3 month check-up, but more importantly as a follow-up to our cardiologist appt. last week regarding the change in her breathing and the change in the look of her chest. It was a very good visit and we received good news- from her neck down (heart and lungs) all sounds good and appears to be in working order!!! He thinks there is some sort of upper-respiratory issue going on that is contributing to the labored breathing and change in the appearance of Whitney's chest. Her tonsils are enlarged and based on the sounds of her breathing (in addition to the tracheomalacia and laryngomalacia) he believes her adenoids are also enlarged. She is much too young to consider any sort of operation regarding tonsils and adenoids, but he thinks starting nasonex nasal spray once a day will help with her breathing and will hopefully alleviate any "laboring" or difficulty she is having. I told him about our visit to the Indiana School for the Deaf (almost 3 weeks ago) and how they informed me that she has fluid (the pulmonologist thinks it is probably more of a mucus consistency) behind both ear drums. He said this goes along with what he thinks is going on - and that is that her change in breathing is due to some sort of upper -respiratory issue and that we do not have anything to worry too much about as this relates to her heart and lungs, phew!!!!
I will try to elaborate more on our visit to the ISD (Indiana School for the Deaf) in a later post, but a brief summary of our visit 3 weeks ago confirmed that Whitney has fluid behind both ear drums and has mild hearing loss in both ears (according to the test results from the non-sedated ABR - auditory brain response- tests performed by the audiologists and the ISD).
We are VERY happy about the visit to the pulmonologist yesterday... it is such a relief to hear that nasonex once/day will hopefully help alleviate any labored breathing Whitney is experiencing and that we should not worry too much about anything going on with her lungs and/or heart - it seems to be all upper-respiratory related, yeah!!!
Here are some cute pictures, just because :)
Whitney working on her rolling skills:
Anne wearing the PolyFlinders dress my mom saved from Easter when I was 2 1/2 yrs old: