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Friday, October 21, 2011

Answers

Brad wrote this: Well, day 7, and we finally have what we think are some answers.  Cooper had a procedure today where they look at his upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and first part of small intestines).  They had to knock him out to do this so he's still really sleepy.  The GI doctor initially said there was a 20% chance that this would uncover anything significant, but once he got in there he saw several concerning things. There was a good bit of inflammation throughout the last part of the esophagus, the stomach, and the small intestine.  In addition there were several visible lymph nodes in the first part of the small intestine.  These findings, when taken in the context of his poor tolerance of pediasure and his improvement on a pedialyte only diet, are suggestive of a milk protein allergy.  This is great news! This means we can start him on an elemental formula, something that's already broken down into its constituent parts that doesn't have milk protein, and hopefully he'll improve.  Also, his lungs are definitely on the mend. We plan on starting the new formula tomorrow. All together, this means he might be able to go home as early as Sunday or Monday and without oxygen!  Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers; Coop appreciates it!

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