We’re going to give “Elecare” a try for Joshua. It’s an even more “hypo allergenic” formula than Nutramigen and costs even more money too. I’ll put it this way – if insurance doesn’t cover it, this new formula will cost twice as much as it costs me to feed the rest of my family per month. So yeah, I am praying insurance will approve it. However, I’m pretty sure they will as they approved the Nutramigen. I’ll definitely be keeping busy with one more thing on my “to do” list tomorrow by keeping tabs on the process tomorrow (ie make sure insurance faxes form to doctors, make sure doctor gets it, make sure they fill it out properly, make sure they fax it back, make sure the insurance receives it, make sure it is being processed, etc.)
We’re also trying Prevacid for Joshua’s reflux.
When the nurse finally called me back late this afternoon in response to my request to change formula/reflux medication, she told me they were calling in a prescription for Prevacid and I was going to have to “open the capsules and mix it into applesauce.”
Excuse me? You do know we are talking about a baby with stomach/feeding issues/whatever you want to call it. I’m not sure adding solids is the best choice right now.
I explained that to the nurse and she said “Well this is what Dr _ said.” I asked her if she could double check, because, for obvious reasons, I wanted to be careful. The nurse reluctantly agreed. (Hey, you know what?! I don’t care if you think I’m a pain or over protective. I WILL request that you double check! This is my baby we’re talking about here – as if we haven’t gone through enough issues. As much as I trust our doctor, I also know that, like all doctors, she’s very busy and only human! They make mistakes too and it’s my job as Joshua’s mother to advocate for him, so that’s exactly what I’m doing!)
The nurse called back a few minutes later and said the doctor said it would be fine and go ahead. It’s just a small amount and not a very “allergenic” food.
As there isn’t a liquid version (at least one that my pharmacy is able to make up), I decided to give it a try.
Joshua loved it. He got so excited and squealed. He ate it up very eagerly, sucked his fist, and squealed for more. Then when I left the spoon on his highchair tray and went to the sink, I turned around to find that he had picked up the spoon and was eagerly sucking on it- the right side too! I guess he likes his first taste of solids.
Of course now that he’s had the “good stuff”, he won’t be so keen to try the “yucky stuff” later – peas, green beans, etc. Oh well. One thing at a time.
Joshua’s eczema is actually looking better the past two days. Much better. I wonder if the “flare-up” he had last week that really freaked me out was a residual lingering “thing.” I don’t know. But I do know, he still definitely needs a change from the Nutramigen because it does not satisfy him. He’s hungry ever 2.5-3 hours versus 3.5-4 hours.
So there it is – Joshua will be on his sixth different kind of formula yet. Number six. Wow.
I have a good feeling about it this time though. That and the Prevacid. I really think this might work. I pray this will work. We don’t really have many options after this. But I do think it will and I’m very hopeful. And encouraged.
Thanks for thinking about us.
Some pictures of Joshua’s first taste of “solid” food:
“talking” with Nathan before hand:
“This bib is yummy, Mom!”
First taste of applesauce…
“Hmm..this is interesting…”
“Okay, yep, I like it!”
Speaking of “Number Six” – Joshua will be 6 months old tomorrow! Can you believe it?! Happy early 6 months my sweet baby boy! I hope your next 6 months are a little easier for you and your mama!