Clem Clan

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ethans clinic

Ethan had clinic today and much to my surprise he gained weight!!  I was so happy... We have been trying since he was very little to get him to the 50th percentile but he has always been stuck in the 25th.  Well today he is showing improvement in that, he is now 35th! I think much of it is impart to giving him an ensure every night before bed.  I recently just changed from pedisure to ensures because I found some weight gain shakes that are for adults and since he is nearly two that's ok.  These babies have 350 calories in them!

He also had good sounding lungs.  He did so well when the doctor wanted to listen to his lungs and even said ah when she wanted to look in his mouth.  He was just loving the attention from everyone there today. 

There was a little fluid on his ear but nothing thats causing a problem.  Our doctor also said she was very impressed with my request several months back for hypertonic saline.  She said most parents do not understand that sometimes adding a medication can be a good thing and that being aggressive is key.  I had asked to start this after reading several other CF children's success with it.  She said that most parents have bad luck with the saline because the kids fight a little bit but once they get used to it, its very helpful.  I am not one of those parents who lets the child call all the shots and now Ethan will sit and do his treatment on his own and even hold his own mask without a fight.  Although sometimes he sets it down a second to raise his arms above his head to yell blast off!  (We watch little Einsteins during treatment.)  I figured thats ok. 

Afterwards our treat was to go to walmart and pick out a small toy.  Ethan picked out a little truck for doing so well.  Then we met my grandma for lunch at applebees were he indulged in a chicken strip meal.  He of course ate almost all of it.  We always try to do something fun and positive after clinics for a positive spin.

All in all it was a great clinic... and I am a happy mama!


  1. Congrats on Ethan's weight gain! Go Ethan! We have also thought about HTS too. Will that replace abulterol? Thanks for sharing the great news!

  2. No it doesnt.. We do albuterol, HTS, then pulymozyme. However, when we put him on it he instantly started moving mucus out!