Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hello Again Doc

This week we have had two doctor appointments. One consisted of a two month check up and 3 shots, the other a nasal culture and conversation about our daily life and genetic mutations. Roanan did great at both appointments and was beyond brave. He weighs 12.8lbs and is 23.5in long. His pulse ox/O2 saturation was 97%. R is in the 75th percentile for weight and 50th percentile for height. We are so proud of him.

Everything went great at the 2 month appointment. The nurses were amazed by R's bright eyes, alertness, laugh, happiness, and his conversation skills. Everywhere we go I am more and more proud to be his mom. He did great with shots and he has been sore for a few days; therefore, Tylenol has been our best friend. Hopefully tomorrow all the soreness will be over!

At the specialist office today Roanan did wonderful. He looked good in the exam and they scheduled us to come back next week. They were a little concerned that R hadn't gained any weight, but we are not getting upset yet since he is still a healthy weight. We did get his mutation information today. He, like 77% of other CF people, has a ∆F508 gene along with a rarer mutation called IVS8-12TG. At this time we don't have a great deal of information on the second mutation but we believe that it is a milder mutation. A person with the CFTRΔF508 mutation will produce an abnormal CFTR protein that lacks this phenylalanine residue. This protein does not escape the endoplasmic reticulum for further processing. Having two copies of this mutation (one inherited from each parent) is the leading cause of CF.

We are scheduled to go back next week in hopes of more information on the second mutation and to receive the nasal culture results. We are so blessed to have doctors to help keep R healthy and to work everyday in search of a cure. We are so thankful that God entrusted us to be Roanan's parents. Seth and I have a perfect son who lights up our world and gives our life meaning.

R waiting on the doctors, & laughing at the cat sandwich poster on the wall. 

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