Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Katie's 2nd swallow study











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

5 comments:

Jill said...

That is WONDERFUL news! I was thinking about her yesterday while I was in the ER with Gavin. I was really hoping you would have to go through that again.

Misty said...

WOnderful news, but can I just say, she is sooooo adorable!
Hugs,
Misty

Dorinda said...

I sure hope Katie will be okay! Sweet girls - I LOVE the braids - wow! I can't believe they have enough hair - I've never tried that. And the bows are cute too :) So girly.

Jill said...

I meant "wouldn't"!!! Sorry!

Andrea said...

She is just precious! I hope you get some useful news from the team at CHOP soon.