Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So, Katie and I drove to CHOP yesterday for her 2nd swallow study. There was some issue with what "test" actually had to be done, and after a few phone calls and a WAIT, it was determined that an "esophogram" would be performed. Essentially, the radiologist laid Katie on the table, and xrayed her anatomy as she was drinking some strawberry flavored barium. Katie could NOT drink for six hours prior to the test, and by the time the test began it was nearly 12pm-so my little girl woofed down the barium like it was a milkshake!!! She drank it sooo fast the technician had to make her some more! :)
In any event, the radiologist said he did see aspiration and penetration. He said she clearly does aspirate. However, I did ask if this meant another "tube", and he said he doesn't think so. He mentioned that we would probably have to go back to seeing the Feeding and Swallowing Team at CHOP. Apparently, the Team will be able to teach us some exercises for Katie to strengthen her swallow.............so I am awaiting a phonecall now to see what the next step is....
After the study, I took Katie to Friendly's for some "alone" with Mommy time. We had a blast together! Katie absolutely loved her chocolate milk, and had more fun playing with her macaroni and cheese then eating it!!!! :) I brought it hom as leftovers and Nicholas devoured it after school! What a good treat after a long day at school, huh?? lol