We've been waiting 2 long months for Allie V's swallow study, and our appointment is finally tomorrow.
We need to check into OU Children's Radiology at 8:45 in the morning. There, she'll be given about 2.5 ounces of barium liquid mixed with 2.5 ounces of breastmilk. Kyle and I both will be able to go and stay with her in the x-ray room. I'm thankful not to be pregnant this time one of my children need an x-ray.
My little Meggie had pneumonia when I was about 20 weeks pregnant with Alice Virginia and with Kyle deployed, she didn't have anyone to help hold her while they x-rayed her chest. The whole agonizing time, she cried for me through the glass door, held down by sweet nurses, and didn't understand why I couldn't come for her. I shudder remembering her poor, scrunchy face.
I'm relieved to be there for AV tomorrow. And that Meggie will be playing with her buddy, Isaac, while we're there. :)
At the swallow study, they'll be watching the liquid as it travels through her system - checking her reflux and anatomy. Her eating has improved so very much since beginning bottles and reflux medication, but we're still anxious to make sure everything's ok in her little body.
Now, it'll just be a matter of whether or not she agrees to drink the barium mixture. Our Allie V can be a bit picky when it comes to new tastes and textures. She's not the animated "fighter" that Meggie tends to be when made to do something she doesn't want to do, but Alice Virginia DOES purse her lips. And clamp her jaw shut. There's nothing you can do to pry it open. Nothing. :)
They recommend the babies being really hungry when they come in, so we have to wake AV up at 4:00 am and give her a last morning feeding before we go in. So, we'll see how she does. (And how we do, too.)
Please keep our Allie Ballie Bo Ballie in your prayers tomorrow. I'll let you know how everything goes as soon as we know the results.