Thursday, January 05, 2006

Weight Troubles

At the GI specialist's yesterday, Clare actually lost an ounce from the day before. Hopefully it was just a fluke thing and that her weight is not actually going down. The GI is concerned about her lack of weight gain. Although she is healthy right now, if she gets into a rut with not gaining weight, she will continue in a downward spiral and grow weaker and weaker. Clare is being tested for a bunch of different gasto problems. In the meantime, the GI gave me some tips on fortifying the little solids she currently eats to up her calories. We are also going to try introducing a bottle again (although I am not hopeful given Clare's track record and stubborness). This way we can fortify breastmilk as well for her. The key is to increase her calories.

Clare has no symptoms that there is something else going on with her internally. The GI believes that her poor weight gain is due to the fact that, at her age, she needs more calories than she can physically take in (because of her low muscle tone). This is why she nurses constantly. She is doing better eating solids (and her variety is increasing), but she tires of eating after a couple tablespoons. But we are going to continue onward. I am trying so hard to keep a positive attitude here because, if this is unsuccessful, then she will most likely have an NG tube reinserted through her nostril. I really don't want to come to that step.

3 comments:

Aunt Joan said...

We are praying for a more positive outcome for little Clare, too. Keep up the good 'work', and I just know she'll slowly put on a little weight at a time. Hopefully the new Doc will have a better insight after the tests come back. You are always in our thoughts and prayers, and we wish for you a happy day!
love, Aunt Joan & gang

Sara said...

Thinking of you and the family. As always you are in my prayers. Sara

Alyssa said...

We will continue to pray for you all....Little Clare is a strong girl....she will pull through once again, I am sure... Plus she has all of us routing for her!!!