Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Stats

The babies are quiet for the moment. Emma is in the swing and Jake is in the vibrator seat (wish I was). I was going to nap, but I decided to blog instead. Are ya proud of me, K?

The twins went for their 2 month checkup today, though they are 3 months old. They have had so many Dr. visits for illness that it keeps getting put off. They are both charting fairly well, but have lost weight in the last couple weeks. Here are their stats.

Has a major ear infection
weight - 9 lbs, 14 oz - 10th percentile
length - 23 inches - 40th percentile
head - 15 1/2 inches - 20th percentile

weight - 10 lbs, 12 oz - 5th percentile
length - 23 7/8 inches - 50th percentile
head - 15 inches - 3rd percentile (he had a preemie head when he was born and is starting to grow out of it. The Dr. called it a toaster head and I cracked up b/c his head absolutely looked like it had been in a toaster when he was born).

So there it is. They chart on the low side because they were born at 36 weeks and started out smaller than average, but continue to grow and plot well on the CDC chart. YAY! If they were well and eating and sleeping right, I'm sure they would be chunkas by now, but my 2 little beans are on the small side right now. Better for the arms.

They are both on so many meds right now...
Xopenex inhalant 6 times/day
Pulmicort inhalant 2 times/day
Pepcid 2 times/day
Amoxycillin 1 time/day
Orapred 1 time/day (Jake only)

The amoxyxillin gives them diarrhea and red, raw butts. The Xopenex makes them nutty - baby ADHD - almost no napping. And the coughing fits make them vomit like the girl from the Exorcist, which is especially fun at the 3 am feeding.

They are scheduled to see the pulmonologist on Friday morning. They have both been diagnosed with reactive airway disease and it basically means that while other children who are exposed to a runny nose will get a runny nose, but when Jake and Emma are exposed to a runny nose, they are susceptible to and will likely get lower respiratory infections.
I am really hoping I hear something other than the usual..."Just keep giving the treatments every 3-4 hours. It's going to be a few weeks before you see major improvement and they will have ups and downs, but should get better with time."
I know this is just how it is for now, but I would much prefer to hear..."Give them this medicine 2x/day for 3 days and they will be good as new". FAT CHANCE!

OK, dishes are waiting - see ya later!


K J and the kids said...

As I LOVE to hear from you. I LOVE that you blogged the stats because, how fun are they. You should be SLEEPING !!! so no. I am not proud of you. :) wink

I am with you, I hope that they come up with something. With a SOLUTION.
My Spencer has been fine with the last few colds he's had. Hopefully it's just a time thing. He'll grow out of it.

Poor little Emma and her ear infection. :(
Give them lots of hugs and kisses from me.

hotomiky said...

I bet K is proud of you! :o) Good Job on posting.

Cute how u do with stats.

I remembered with those medicines with M. every 3-4 hours (urgh - even during night time). Hang in there!

Hope emma will feel better with her ear infection.

Have a great weekend!

SJayneI said...

Awe...I"m sorry to hear they are not feeling well. I wanted to give you a tip though; Boudreaux's Butt Paste. Excellent for diaper rash or a sore butt. I wouldn't go a day without it in the house.

Anyway, sending healing thoughts to your little ones.