Saturday, December 5, 2009

17 Months Old and Back on the Nebulizer

Brandon is 17 months old today. At 17 months old he:
- weighs 20 pounds, 6 ounces
- is walking all over the place
- is only drinking out of a sippy cup (I packed up the bottles once he started to drink from a sippy cup.)
- eats only table food
- loves to play with his Sesame Street toys, duplex legos, stacking rings, puzzles
- LOVES Hershey and gives him hugs all of the time
- says mama, yum, and babbles all of the time
- is cutting his incisors
- loves the Wonder Pets
- smiles all of the time
- loves to play peek a boo
- loves books
- waves hi and bye
- gives high fives
- "talks" on the phone

Brandon has another cold. He was at the pulminologist yesterday for his second RSV shot. He woke up with a runny nose and slight cough. Dr. Sembrano looked in his ears and saw some fluid but no ear infection yet. He told me to suction him before naps and night time to help keep the fluid from settling. Brandon isn't a huge fan of the bulb syringe but he has been letting me use it for the most part and it amazes me how much I am getting out. Dr. Sembrano also said that if Brandon's cough got worse or more frequent to start him on the xopenex on the nebulizer again but this time to also use pulmicort while Brandon is on the xopenex. Once he is off the xopenex he wants me to continue to use the pulmicort one time a day until Brandon goes back to him in January for his next RSV shot. This morning Brandon's cough did get worse so I started him on both of the medicines on the nebulizer. Hopefully once the cough goes away this time the pulmicort will be able to stop it from coming back. This is the third time in 1 1/2 months that Brandon is on the nebulizer. I am also keeping an eye on his ear to make sure it doesn't turn into another ear infection. Despite it all Brandon has been his playful self.

I also met with the early intervention team yesterday to come up with some goals for Brandon now that he will be getting speech. In the next 2-4 weeks someone will contact me to set up his speech. Basically someone will be coming and working with him through playing.

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