I get comments and emails in regard to Apollo's weight frequently. His weight is what made me realize he had a "problem" to start with. He's always had feeding/nursing issues but as a young baby he gained weight well. I weighed him monthly for my own records. He weighted exacly 14 pounds at four months. He still weighed 14 pounds at 5, 6 and 7 months which is when I began taking him into our doctor. Here is a little photographic evidence of what we have watched happen to Apollo.
This is Apollo in September 2010. He was three months old.
Here is Apollo (in the same swim suit!) in January 2011, at six months old. He begain shrinking before our very eyes. This is what the doctor has found so worriesome.
On top of that he is a baby who still doesn't eat or nurse well, has noisey audible breathing, doesn't sleep well and spends much of his awake time fussing.
I forgot to mention (and I am writing it here because this is my family record) the doctor said there are no other tests to be done at this point. He said, "I feel we've done everything for now. He's been to the ENT, they sent a camera down, he's on reflux meds, he's off of dairy, he's had x-rays of the soft tissue in his throat and he's been tested for cystic fibrosis. The next step is the bronchosocpy". But he can't do the prodedure of course.
At this point, after thinking and researching for a couple of days, I haven't totally decided whether or not to fight to get him in sooner. Even if I get him an earlier appointment with the pulmonologist he may not be happy to see me again so soon and probably won't be willing to do the bronchoscope sooner. He is hoping the stridor improves. Apollo has gained 11 ounces on his high fat diet (and we've fought to get every bite in his mouth). My concern is if we wait until his November 22 appointment it will be too late to schedule the bronchoscopy before flu season is in full swing.
There are no pediatric pulmonologist in our city (that I'm aware of) for a second opinion. Everything in the ear/nose/throat department has been ruled out.
I just want my little man healthy….