Errol Milner Clifford 2006-2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Today was a good day at the hospital for Errol. He passed his swallow test with flying colors (he’s been studying hard), and the technicians were so impressed with his swallowing abilities that they have recommended a decrease in the thickness of Errol’s foods (thin is the goal). The goat’s milk worked! We’re ecstatic about Errol’s progress and attribute it the removal of dairy from his diet. Mad props are due to Sarah Girard and Dr. Christiaanse for their astute diagnosis. HOORAY!
But we aren’t done with Baptist Hospital, and will return there at 7:00 a.m. on Friday morning for Errol’s heart catheterization. Dr. Williams, one of the pediatric-cardiologists (a cardiologist for children, not an eight year old cardiologist), will insert a microscopic camera into Errol’s femoral artery (ouch) and then up, up, up to map out his heart. The heart cath is a minor procedure compared to July’s open-heart surgery, but major enough to make us anxious as hell. And this is one of those times it’s good that Errol doesn’t really know what’s going on until it’s going on. The heart catheterization is considered out patient surgery, but with Errol (Curveball, to the cardiology staff) we can usually count on quintupling the length of the predicted stay. Needless to say, we are packing our suitcases for Friday. We’ll update this blog as soon as we have news from Friday’s procedure. Wish Errol luck.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Ockham’s razor is a principle of succinctness that proposes that the simplest answer is usually the best.
Since Errol was born three years ago we’ve been trying to figure out how to ameliorate his reflux, which has recently worsened. Because of his reflux, Errol wheezes constantly, throws up every other meal, drools profusely, and has been waking up throughout the night. We’ve tried all sorts of medicines and recently even considered a surgical procedure to contain Errol’s worsening reflux, but nothing has really worked. Finally, a few weeks ago, in desperation, we took Errol to a gastroenterologist. The doctor asked few question, proffered no solution, and offered little hope, “It will get worse.” He cautioned.
Errol worsened, and we became more and more anxious.
We took Errol to see Dr. Christiaanse, his developmental pediatrician. She puzzled over his reflux and asked lots of questions about his diet. She called in a dietician and they worked through a number of scenarios. Finally she asked, “Have you tried goat's milk?”
We should, she said.
It worked. Errol has had a dramatic change. He is strong and healthy, and his wheezing and congestion have all but disappeared.
The answer was simple. It just took a smart person to ask such a basic question.
We are overjoyed. So is Errol.
Errol goes for his barium swallow study tomorrow. (Looks like he's undertaking his own special swallow study in the picture above.) Wish him well.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Yesterday, Errol embarked on a tour of all of the nation’s doctor’s offices with a trip to Greensboro to see his optometrist, Doctor Young (#853). Today, Errol continues his journey with a visit to his developmental pediatrician, on Monday, he makes a call on his dentist, two Wednesdays later he has his barium swallow study at Baptist Hospital, followed two days later by his heart catheterization. A medically busy time, even for the little man.
On Saturday, our dog, Waffles kicked off the celebration by eating Errol’s signature eyeglasses. Bad dog. Luckily for the doggie, Doctor Young said Errol needed new glasses anyway.
Dr. Young also had bad news for us today. Errol has become much more nearsighted since his last visit. His nearsightedness could stabilize, or it could worsen, possibly causing a detached retina, which, untreated, would leave Errol blind. We have to keep a keen eye on his eyes so that we catch any detachment. Otherwise, the consequences would be catastrophic.
We hope Errol's nearsightedness stabilizes, and we will be watching his eyes like hawks to make sure we catch any problems that develop.
Think of Errol.