"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Connie has had loose stools for about 6 days now. He normally has one bowel movement every other day (since we've been home from MI) and now he has been having at least three every day and they are loose. The GI doctor wanted him to come in and so we did and guess what?! His weight is up! He was 22 lbs. 15.5 oz and last week he was 22 lbs. 8 oz. Not sure how that happened, but my guess is, that even though his stooling and vomiting have increased, that the weight gain can be attributed to the increased calories from the Peptamin Jr. (new formula). It is 30 cal/oz as opposed to 20 cal/oz of breastmilk. Of course, he's only getting about 4 oz of this new stuff per day, but I guess it's already making a difference.

Anyway, the doctor said that she feels like the formula is what is causing it. Apria Healthcare is who supplies the formula (you can't find it on store shelves) and they were out of what she prescribed so they sent a substitute. It doesn't have "prebio" or fiber, apparently two things he needs. So, after waiting a week and a half to get ANYTHING, they send the WRONG THING! Luckily we got some samples that will hopefully tide us over until we get the right stuff. If the loose stools continue past Monday, she wants to send a stool sample off for a culture and possibly start adding some sort of fiber powder to his milk. Thanks for checking in. Also, please add 5 year old Gerri to your prayers. She had her double switch today at the same hospital with the same surgeon as Connie, almost 7 months to the day of his surgery. She is recovering and has a long road ahead. Their family is not from this country, so it complicates things further. Please pray for them.

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