First things first: Verity has gained weight! As you may remember, we switched to a 24/7 continuous feed when we saw that she had been losing weight with all her terrible vomiting issues. In exactly one month, Verity gained 13ish ounces, so she is now 13 pounds, 3.1 ounces. And she is now exactly 2 feet long!
One wonderful thing: we were given a hard copy of the Care Book, which is a resource from SOFT (Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13, and Related Disorders). I had started reading the online copy, but to get all 70-some pages in a printout was wonderful and told me right off that this doctor is up-to-date with the research!
As an aside, we ONLY support SOFT as a resource for those with trisomy conditions. There is another organization out there that is much more negative. If you feel led to support an organization, please, please, PLEASE ask someone before throwing your money at what seems to be a worthy cause but maybe isn't really what it seems to be.
Back to the appointment: We answered lots of questions, reviewed Verity's history, and talked about possible resources for us within the Children's Hospital network, some of which may be helpful but others maybe not as much because we are already getting great care in our more local area. The one piece of info that I think can help us tremendously is knowing about a couple of other ways to know for sure what Verity's caloric needs are--we can't seem to get her total intake up to the volume that the dietitian and GI doc would like to see, and I can't help but wonder if she really doesn't NEED that much. Clearly she is gaining weight, and she looks so incredibly healthy! (Praise God for that!)
We don't need to have a return visit for another year. Dr. L said that mostly he would like to check in to make sure that we can have the most up-to-date research and information and discuss Verity in particular and see what she might need. It was very refreshing to have such a perspective from someone in this field, as I have heard awful stories from uninformed doctors who make outdated assumptions. We are grateful that the many caregivers in Verity's life are so supportive and either already knowledgeable or else very willing to receive new information.