A couple of weeks after the CHOP visit, Zadie developed what looked like a pimple on her belly, right under her Gtube site. It got bigger and redder and I ended up taking her to the doctor. He took a swab of the pus inside and put her on antibiotics. It turned out to be a staph infection.
|Staph infection by Gtube|
|Red cheeks - reaction to Bactrim|
|Rash on chest that spread everywhere - reaction to Bactrim|
Meanwhile, she was weighed when she went to the doctor for the staph infection, and she had gained weight since January, when she went to see the GI! Between the weight gain and the fact that the Gtube site was getting yucky (and, I imagine, contributed to the infection), we decided to pull out the tube. We waited until morning so that her stomach was empty, and just pulled it out. It was a very exciting day. I wasn't sure what we'd have to do to keep it from leaking, but it closed up very quickly, within a few hours, and we never had any leakage from her stomach. Since she had some granuloma (scar tissue) built up around the site, it's not looking the prettiest, but I'm hoping as she grows that the scar tissue will lessen and be less noticeable.
|One tube down, one to go!|
In other news, Zadie has had two evaluations with the child study team from the school district so far. One was with the speech pathologist and the other was with the learning consultant. From what I understand, she did very well in the evaluations, which is great, but it also means she most likely won't qualify for the district pre-school. It is pretty impressive that a kid who has had so many factors against her barely even has a speech delay. Both Pierre Robin Sequence and having a trach are major causes of speech delays and issues. But she is doing really well! I'm back to work at the daycare now and when her nurse went on vacation last week, I took her to work with me. Even though the class I have is a little younger than her, she wanted to stay with me and she did very well with the whole preschool/daycare thing. She loved wearing her backpack and having a lunch box and she loved playing on the playground with the other kids. One way or another, by the fall, I would like her in a preschool so that she gets out in the world! She'll be turning 3 next month, so her speech therapy with Early Intervention will end at that point.
She's currently obsessed with Frozen, just like every other little girl in the world. She's going to have breakfast with Elsa tomorrow morning, which should be a lot of fun!
I'll leave you with a picture of Zadie and her big brother and baby sister from a photo shoot we did about a month ago. Super cute!
|Jonathan, Beatrix and Zadie|