Friday, February 27, 2009

Poor Anna

Rich took Anna to the gastro-something-or-other doctor today for the follow-up to her non-weight gain situation. The good news is that her weight today was 19 pounds, 9 ounces, which is exactly what she weighed back in October. Three weeks ago, she was just over 19 pounds. This means that she has gained or maintained, which is excellent.

Long story short, we didn't receive any answers today but the doctor gave three possibilities:

1. She's just not taking in enough calories.

2. She has celiac disease.

3. She has some other medical issue (liver, etc.)

They have pretty much ruled out #3 and I'm ruling out #2. THE GIRLS ARE IDENTICAL TRIPLETS. IF ONE HAS A GLUTEN ALLERGY, THEN THEY ALL WILL HAVE IT. ALLIE IS OUR LITTLE-BIGGIE; THERE IS NO WAY SHE IS ALLERGIC TO GLUTEN. THERE IS NO GLUTEN ALLERGY. I REPEAT - NO GLUTEN ALLERGY.

So we are currently awaiting the results of her bloodwork. Of course, Rich tells me that the blood taking experience was a nightmare, which is always the case. He waited for about an hour and the nurse could not draw any blood. In addition, she decided to make annoying comments to Rich such as, "She has quite a temper." And at one point she asked, "Where's Mommy today?" As if I would have been able to make the situation better. Rich felt like she was taking personal jabs at him. I'll be the first to say that Rich is an excellent father. I never question his judgement or the way he cares for the girls.

Because the nurse was unsuccessful with drawing blood there, Rich had to travel to the nearest hospital, which has professionals skilled at pediatric blood draws. We have received a few comments that the girls have small veins. I assume it's genetics as I have smaller than usual veins. Thankfully for Anna, the blood draw was a success on the first try.

Rich said she was sound asleep in the car almost immediately. Poor little baby.

4 comments:

The Beers Family said...

Oh Poor baby! I hate inexperienced nurses taking blood on children. Our first non-hospital blood draw was a nightmare and ended with me and Alex in tears and No blood. The second time the nurse had him lay down and me hold him that way.

Pam said...

oh man, i hope it's not celiac disease. my MIL has it and it's a nightmare. i'm not even thinking about it as a possibility for the boys. head in sand and all that.

kdliberty said...

I hope it is not Celiac disease but it is a real possibility. She is the perfect age to show first symptoms. It is possible for her to have it and not her identical sisters. It is also possible to have Celiac disease and have no symptoms too. BTW, the best information about Celiac Disease comes from Great Britain. They call it Coeliac Disease there and 1% of the population has it!

Liz said...

I know of identical twins that one has gluten allergy and one doesn't??? Not sure how that happens but maybe pursue that route just in case.....