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    My cfer cannot stop gaining weight Drs think im doing something wrong? anyone elese?

    I took my five soon to be 6 cfer to clinic yesterday. She gained 17 lbs in 3.5 months. they think I must have changed her activity level or am feeding her everything. Ughh failure to thrive give them upped calories. That is what we were always told then when she turned a year and a half she went off the weight chart they said its great to see a healthy cherib like kid... she has never been back on it she weight 53 lbs at the end of may, july she weighed 63 now yesterday she weighed 70 lbs. they yold me she must be obese or have an obese gene. The poor kid is always so constipated. they have not done any blood work on her since she was one. I think there is someting wrong. does anyone elese have this issue. I swear she does not eat perfect but she does not eat so bad to justify 17 lbs, Bad mom im always a bad mom. Now that her adult teeth are comming in they have no enamel. Clinic said it is not realted to tobi cipro bactrim or any of the other tons of antibiotics she hasbeen poisened with.

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    No blood work since she was 1!!!!! Tons of red flags!! They should be checking all of her levels once a year, her vitamin levels, her kidney and liver function, and many more need to be kept in check. And that is a very incredible weight gain I would think, I hate to ask but does she go to an accredited CF center? If not I would definitely make an appointment soon with an accredited CF clinic. If so please tell me that they are doing blood work now. Bless your and her heart. I am in no way a dr but I would be concerned if my CFer started gaining weight like that. If her drs are not doing anything to check into it, I would be on the hunt for a new dr. To me it's not so much that she weighs 70lbs (which is impressive to me having CF) but that she gained it so rapidly. I don't think you are a bad mom, I try to get my little one to eat cake, ice cream, and chips as much as I can to keep the calories going in. Unfortunately for me mine little CFer thinks that she is a rabbit!! We really have to watch her weight and calorie intake closely because the girl loves lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, apples, and grapes! She would live off of them if I let her Instead of birthday cake she request tomatoes, grapes, and strawberries Anyhow I shove everything bad I can think at her to try to get some fatty calories down her. So I totally understand what you are saying. Please keep us posted. Prayers and hugs coming your way!! I hope you find out whats going on.

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    --Jenny
    Mom to Clayton 12 no CF
    and Abby 9 diagnosed at age 2, mutations are DF508 & 2585delT
    multiple sinus surgeries and currently on Kalydeco since June 2012

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    Of course, it's your fault mom--I mean when they can't gain weight, it's our fault, so if they gain too much it must be too, right???? AUGH!!!! I am so sorry you are facing this. A couple quick thoughts: If she does not seem to be eating the calories that would cause that weight gain, then I'd definitely try to go see her GP or another good doctor who can consider whether there is a medical issue (CF or otherwise) in play. (You might want to do that in any event.) Re the constipation: If you are not on a Miralax maintenance dose, I would talk to the CF clinic on that OR get a referral to a GI who has a handle on CF issues. (Let me know if you want more on the constipation.) Third, it may well be that your sweet daughter's "normal" size is larger than some other children's "normal" size. If you start limiting/rationing food it will backfire! I'd strongly recommend getting today Ellyn Satter's books "Child of Mine" and "Your Child's Weight: Helping without Hurting" and read both especially before you change anything. (You might want to read this too to get a feel for the point: http://www.ellynsatter.com/march-201...ing-i-143.html

    Finally, my biggest concern now would be that there is a medical issue underlying the gain (especially if her calorie intake doesn't seem like it could translate to that weight), not that she is chubby--we call come in different shapes and sizes and all are beautiful!!
    Hugs!

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    They are refusing to culture her now even though she has MRSA because they do not want to hold her down and tramatize her. We go to MGH in boston supose to be the best?When she was one I was told her liver functions were off and that I should not even give her tyleonol. MGH said they do not like to tramatize a child by doing blood work. In order to get a culture or blood from her we do have to hold her because hello she is 5 and does not like and will not tolerate needles or thing stuck down her throat. I set an apt up with her pcp on friday even though we were just there and they said dont worry because I want blood work! prove to me that she is okay I have enough to worry about! because I am freeking out that im not doing things right or there is something wrong with her. I hate CF!!!!

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    That does not sound right at all. The CF Foundation recommends blood work once a year for vitamin levels for accredidated CF centers. Is your child frequently on Prednisone or steroids? That can cause weight gain.. Children's in Boston also has a CF center. Also, I would want a thyroid blood test just to rule out any thyroid issues. You have every right to get a second opinion. There is NO child that I know that will lie still for a blood draw(well except my daughter)...I am sure they have heard of EMLA cream...Numbs up the skin prior to a blood draw and they do NOT even feel it.....My daughter cried once for a blood draw when she was 1 year old and now she is completely used to it......Unfortunately blood draws are a part of CF and they get used to it.....

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    Oh bless your heart!! We have been fighting Abby since birth with blood work and cultures, but they as dr's should know that that is what keeps our littles ones healthy. We don't do it to torture them we do it to keep them with us. My heart is aching for you right now. Abby has had 15 surgeries so has been poked and prodded more than the law should allow! She is very muscled up and it always takes 4 to 5 nurses including her muscled up dad and I to TRY to hold her still for all of these unpleasant necessities! Now that she is 7 she is finally getting use to it and is being more of a big girl about it, but I don't think she would have without the experiences that she has had. She has learned that they are gonna do it whether she likes it or not and that it goes much easier if she just cooperates. And I have heard numerous times that CF effects the teeth, I'm not sure what about the teeth but I know I have read that it does. I have trouble with Abby's teeth chipping, but she grinds her teeth too. You are a good mother!! Shame on them for making you feel other wise!! Sounds to me like they should be shamed for not taking a more proactive approach in your daughters well being! CF does stink and is not fair to anyone, mother or child Abby cultures MRSA as well and has for about 2 years now. I can't believe that they are not keeping a closer eye on her liver function if she is already having problems. Please keep us posted! This just brakes my heart!

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    --Jenny
    Mom to Clayton 12 no CF
    and Abby 9 diagnosed at age 2, mutations are DF508 & 2585delT
    multiple sinus surgeries and currently on Kalydeco since June 2012

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    Thanks for listening and giving advise I love all of you for supporting us.

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    Jenny & Rebjane totally nailed what I missed. No blood work?? And also thyroid issues would seem like a huge possibility. Re the blood work and culture--our son is younger (3), but what we do for the blood work is bring a "t-shirt materials" (stretchy and comfy) full sheet and pretend he is a catapillar while I basically wrap his legs and arm up to his shoulders tightly so he can't thrash and then dh holds the "draw" arm. The last time we went, the lady pointed us to a room with a chair only and I said "we need one with a cot" and she's like "oh, can't you hold him on your lap?" hellllllooo people--he's 2.5. He ain't gonna sit there calmly while you did for a vein! He screamed for the first 10 seconds but then calmed down and did better as it went. Re the culture--he hates that but I hold him on my lap with an arm around his forehead and basically grasps the jaw and the nurse gets it in. Last time he actually opened by himself but then clenched when she went in, but the nurse is a pro and got it in and out.

    If possible, you might really want to check into the other Boston center given that this just doesn't seem right. But you are on top of things and I'm sure you'll get back on track soon. I can only imagine how frustrated, angry, worried, and exhausted you are. hugs, hugs, hugs (and lots of prayers too).

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    OMG!!! Do not let them let you feel like this. A 'larger' CFer is great. I myself was/am a larger CFer. At one point I weighed 210 pounds on a 5'9 frame. I lost weight at that point to get down to 190 which was still considered bigger but CF clinic said to leave it be. Now I struggle to keep 160- I'm at 42 percent lung function and each month lose 2-5 pounds. DO NOT LET THEM SCARE YOU. I think the constipation thing has a huge amount to do with it. I can easily lose 10 pounds in a day just because of this and I know many CFer's (like myself) who have jeans that range up and down by 2-4 sizes for the constipated days or the prednisone days. I suggest a new clinic, miralax daily and starting now with making your daughter understand that she can't afford to be skinny like her friends. Shes storing reserves for later- even if it is 20 years down the road!!! I don't mean to rant but this is one thing I hugely regret- I can't keep weight on now.

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    That is a huge weight gain...the first thing I think of when I see that is thyroid disease.. Does she have any other symptoms such as fatigue, skin changes, even hair changes? I have Thyroid disease and weight gain was part of it, and quickly I might add. I was also tired all of the time and constipation was also a big problem...perhaps your daughter's constipation isn't CF related but related to a severely underactive thyroid. I know there are other conditions that will cause a rapid gain, but it's best to get a thorough examination by a PCP at this point.. Sometimes I feel that CF centers become tunnel visioned, they look at every symptom as CF related but that isn't always the case. Good luck ,I hope that you find the answers soon!

    Jenn 40 wCF

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