Kye’s test revealed that the diaphragm on his right side isn’t working and that his lung is partially collapsed. Pretty crappy huh? The collapse is a direct result of the diaphragm and isn’t as bad as it sounds. It doesn’t mean his lung is deflated or even partially deflated, just that the little balloons inside are….well, about a third of them anyway. See, the diaphragm helps pull air into your lungs and the balloons are inflated because of the air flowing in and out. Air is flowing in his lung just not as well as it would if the diaphragm were doing its job. So over time the little balloons loose their oomph and deflate. They didn’t see it before because he’d have to be exhaling at the exact time the xray was taken and the area that’s collapsed just shows up as a dense spot. There’s also not a real good explanation for the how it happened, usually this kind of issue comes up after a surgery, but they’re looking into it. It could be that he was born with it and in that case, it’s most likely fixable. If it were connected to something else it would be another story but, it isn’t, this is it. The doctors are hoping that it’ll fix itself over time. It’s not unheard of and this is not a unique problem. Other babies have had this happen and it’s worked itself out. It’s a slow process though, in some cases it’s taken six months. If it doesn’t work out there’s a surgery they can do that’s pretty simple, it takes only few minutes to tack the diaphragm into place and that’s it. The lung will come back on its own. So it’s a waiting game. In the mean time we have to keep him off of his right side to prevent everything in there from crowding the lung and causing more damage. We’ll also be ‘thumping’ on his chest to help break up any fluid that may form in his lung; this is a precaution to prevent pneumonia. So that’s where we’re at today, another bump in the road. It’s a fixable bump though; we just have to get to the other side of it.
On a lighter note, he’s a happy boy! Smiling and cooing all over the place! Oh and he took his bottle like a champ! He’ll be a big boy before we know it! We didn’t do a weight today because he had a pretty exhausting day, they did another eye test and he’s right where he should be. The doctor said he won’t need to see him again.