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Thursday, August 21, 2008

We went to the doctor again today....

....and to our surprise, little Amelia has not been gaining weight, but instead, has lost weight. I was shocked, because she eats and eats and eats. (She still spits up and spits up and spits up, however.) She's basically down to her just-came-home weight of a bit over 10 pounds.

We are trying a more powerful medicine (Prevacid) and a more expensive formula (Allimentum). And we'll see a pediatric gastroenterologist next week. The doctor says she is stable and not in immediate danger, but she won't gain weight until we figure this out.

We're a bit worried, but not terrified. I have hope that perhaps now we can figure out what's going on: Most importantly, Amelia will get some relief from her occasional pain and frequent up-chucking. (A bit of laundry relief sounds nice, too.)

I can't help but wonder if she had a hard time eating during her months in the orphanage, too. If so, it seems against the odds that she has survived and thrived so far. God must have big and good plans for her.


SDR said...

I'm sorry to hear that she hasn't gained weight. But, like you said, she is one tough cookie.

Lisa and David said...

I finally got to read your updates. I can't believe the before and after pictures. It's just amazing. We should be getting together at some point all of us...

Callahan Crew said...

This was the magic combo that worked for my son! He hated the Alimentum at first though :)