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Hannah is 13 lb 1 oz!  I cannot believe how much she has grown!  I mean, she was 12.8 lb when they did her skin biopsy last week!  Crazy, crazy!

Her liver does seem bigger to him, maybe by a centimeter or so.  Her platelets are holding stable at 103,000.  Her spleen is still enlarged at 6 cm. 

He also started her immunizations.  Better late than never.  He did the 3-in-1 shot, but he is going to do this slowly and not do all the 2-month-old shots just yet.  Because her spleen is involved, he doesn’t want to overwork it with all these immunizations, even though he got the go-ahead from the genetics doctor.

New symptom or not…she has this, I’m not sure how you would call it, like an rough-skin patch on both of her ankles.  He termed it lichen-something or other.  I have an email to him asking him for the name again.  So, he wants us to slather them in vaseline tonight and cover it with a sock overnight.  Kind of like Big Boy E’s eczema outbreak routine.  He says it could be something related to whatever she has, or it could be totally separate.

The breathing issue is getting worse, and he wants us to see an ENT (ears, nose, and throat) doctor now.  Not like she doesn’t already have enough doctors already (this will be #6).   He saw the gasping when he was examining her.  It isn’t like she is struggling to breath, because I do look for the signs of that (nostrils flaring, chest retracting, etc).  She just gets so riled up with excitement sometimes that it starts.  But usually, it just happens mildly — that is what he saw. 

He called her a medical mystery.  I hate that.  I called my mom after the visit, and she told me I sounded “deflated.”  Honestly, that was a good description of how I felt. 

Tomorrow is the opthamologist for a retinal exam.  I’m PRAYING they don’t see any cherry red spots in her retina.  If they do find it, it means she most likely does have one of the lysosomal storage diseases (like NPC or Gaucher’s).  If she doesn’t have them, that still doesn’t rule those diseases out. 

I wish we could get something concrete soon.  Off to cuddle her some more…. her smile just melts my heart!

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