A Little Blessing

My name is Brandon Burditt. I was born with a bilaterral cleft lip and cleft palate. I had three surgeries in my first year of life; but that hasn't stopped me. Some say I am a little charmer; I love to cuddle, laugh, and play.
This is my journey...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cleft Clinic 2010

Brandon in the doctor's office...

Another great visit. We met with speech therapy, plastic surgery, oral surgery, ENT, and genetics again. Brandon is right on track. Next surgery estimated between 7-10 years of age. Speech therapy to begin sometime next year. I was super excited to see that some of our new friends at clinic would be receiving one of our special blankies.

Growth Update

Recent trip to see the endocrinologist showed moderate improvement in Brandon's growth. He is now officially on the growth chart measuring in at 27# in weight (25th percentile) and approximately 31" in height (aprx. 10th percentile). He is starting to lose his baby face more and more :(, but I'm so glad we are seeing some results.
First year of growth hormone therapy complete...
First picture was 2009, first shot. Second picture to the right is one year later.

Pulmonologist Consult

So we were referred by our pediatrician to see a pulmonologist due to Brandon's countless respiratory infections/breathing difficulties. Allergy testing was recommended by this specialist as well as for Brandon to continue his Singulair medication and inhalers. The allergy testing confirmed that Brandon has very mild (and I mean VERY mild) allergies to oak trees, cockroaches, and milk. I don't know too much about allergy testing, but obviously these indications won't mean too much for Brandon since his allergen range was so low. Oak trees...well can't avoid them in Northwest Ohio, cockroaches...none in this house nor anywhere I would like my child to be around, and milk...well let's just say he is allowed to keep drinking it. So all in all, can't say it was a bad visit. Got some helpful tips as to how to manage wheezing episodes, etc., especially during cold and flu season.