I was not looking forward to driving three hours to The Big City, then sitting at the hospital all day for the study and the Dr. Guts appointment afterwards, then another three hour drive home. So Dr. C took pity on me and took her to The Big City himself. (I really think his entire motivation for doing it was to ensure that I didn't stop at Target or Kohl's while in The Big City. So I'm not sure that he did it for purely altruistic reasons.)
Anyway, thanks to my wonderful husband, I unexpectedly found myself with four, childless hours. During which time, I worked in Santa's workshop. (Yes, I know it's only August, but Santa's work takes F-O-R-E-V-E-R.) I love being with my kids, but those hours were fabulous. Thank you, Dr. C.
Okay, back to Miss Banana.
Dr. C and Miss B had to leave the house at 5AM to get to The Big City in time for the study. Since Miss B wasn't allowed to eat or drink for 4 hours before the test, we just snatched her out of bed and put her in her carseat, hoping she'd fall back asleep on the drive. Um, no such luck. Good thing she is a very mellow baby because by the time they got the test started, she was happy but starving! They gave her a drink, some pudding, and some cracker/pudding mixture all laced with barium to check out what was going on in her when she swallowed.
She sucked down her drink with no problems.
She slurped down the pudding without a hitch.
It was the cracker/pudding combo that gave her a bit of an issue...apparently she slurped down the pudding and then stored the crackers in her cheeks squirrel-style, until she could mash it with her tongue (instead of using her teeth). This isn't entirely surprising--we've witnessed her squirrel eating before. The technician didn't seem to think that it was a major problem and that she would just grow out of it, but we will still be practicing with the chewy tube more, just in case.
Dr. Guts met with Dr. C afterward and said he thinks Miss Banana is doing fabulous and that there are no signs of aspiration. (Hooray!) She still is having reflux issues, but with daily Prevacid, we seem to be keeping that under control. We'll go back in 3 months for a follow up about that.
I'm relieved that she doesn't have any aspiration problems, but it still leaves me wondering why she got so, so many respiratory infections last winter. Maybe it was just a hard winter? The world may never know.
In other news, Dr. C ended up stopping at Kohl's and buying a new shirt on the way home.
Maybe I should have gone after all.