There are several reasons why today went so well. But one of the reasons today went so well was who Bennett had by his side:
Dr. C started listening to Bennett's lungs and Bennett so patiently inhaled and exhaled that I noticed that Bennett had grasped some part of why we were in the doctor's office in the first place: breathing is important, our lungs keep us healthy and the doctor is going to make sure our lungs are working well.
we were at a feeding clinic for a child who wouldn't eat!)
Clear lines around the organs demonstrate less lung damage. Fuzzy lines show some lung damage. It was hard for Dr. C to find any mucus plugs but she did notice a slight change from a clear line to a fuzzy line around Bennett's heart in the middle of Bennett's right lung. So, this could indicate some mild airway damage. Dr. C recommended that we try some hand percussion therapy (aka beating our child's chest) around the middle of his left lobe to see if we can unplug the area filled with mucus. But, she also wasn't too worried.
We don't take good news for granted. In fact, one of the specialists who later stopped by our room to check in on us said, "I know you probably don't need me today....but we don't get good news in this clinic all that often...so when we do, I want to stop by. So excited Bennett is doing so well!"
SO ARE WE!! So thankful for thoughtful doctors, clear Xrays, helpful brothers, involved fathers and brave little boys!