Her cultures grew nothing. That was great news, but still had us scratching our heads.
Our plan was to get a chest x-ray. We did. Another great experience at CHOA. Kids gave the staff lots of thumbs up! Plus, as a bonus we saw a friend working that is a nurse there! Thanks Rosie for the sweet encouraging words!
Elena also had a skin allergy test.
What we learned from the allergy test? She is allergic to dust mites. If you read more detail about these little devils you will never sleep right again...they are everywhere and mostly in your pillow because they live off your dead skin. Yum! Now YOU can sleep pleasantly tonight, too. She is also allergic to soy. You know, soy, the stuff that is in everything she likes to eat. Super!
Dr. McKean felt that her drop in lung function over the last few months was related to allergy issues. Thank you Southern plants and climate. However, there is one more test he would like to try. Especially after our visit tonight that showed her lung function dropped another 5%. SHOOT! Yes, it did drop again. Shootastic.
Bronchoscopy: She will be put to sleep. They will send a tiny camera down her nose and into her lungs to take a look around. It will also put a little salt water in her lungs and then suck it back out and see what she has growing in there that refuses to grow a culture from her sputum tests.
We will go back to McKean one week after the test (which we book tomorrow for sometime next week) and decide a next step. Hospital is still a potential, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.