Wednesday, February 15, 2012

CAT scan update

IMG_3374e We have been on quite the medical merry-go-round lately trying to figure out what’s going on with Maisie and all her congestion.  Her pediatrician sent us to an ENT to get her adenoids checked out but those were fine.  The ENT suggested that there may be additional allergies and that we should see an allergist.  The allergist ran further allergy tests which thankfully showed no additional allergies.  He then recommended that Maisie have a CAT scan which she did last week. 

Fast forward to yesterday when Maisie and I returned to the allergist to get her CAT scan results.  The CAT scan showed that Maisie has a major infection in her sphenoid sinuses and the doc said that it could have been there for ages.  The doctor explained that sphenoid sinus infections are often very difficult to treat because of a few reasons.  Blood vessels in sinus tissue tends to be extremely small so only small amounts of blood pass through to them.  Also, the sinus cavities are somewhat isolated from the circulatory system so when using oral antibiotics, the antibiotics are often cleaned up by the liver before they can travel through the narrow passages to the deeper recesses of the sphenoid sinuses.  To overcome these problems a broad spectrum antibiotic is used for a longer period of time.  

After leaving the allergist we picked up Maisie’s prescription for a 28 day course of Augmentin which will hopefully be enough to knock out the infection.  Unfortunately though, one of the side effects of the medicine is diarrhea and this afternoon that started hitting her hard so she's been quite upset and not feeling well with that.  This evening I spoke with Maisie’s pediatrician who explained that the Augmentin is stripping away all the good bacteria in Maisie’s body so I needed to add back in some of the good stuff to help calm down the diarrhea so that she can tolerate the antibiotics.  So right before bedtime a freshly bathed and pj clad Maisie and I headed to the pharmacy to pick up a probiotic which will hopefully do the trick.  Maisie’s now sleeping peacefully which I’m hoping continues through the night.

For Valentine’s dinner I wanted to serve something delicious and red so lobster it was.  Here they are all piled up after being steamed to perfection.  No recipe for this one but tomorrow a new Improv Cooking Challenge recipe will post over on Cook Lisa Cook so please check it out, along with lots of other delicious recipes already posted.


Other recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook include: Mango Lassi, Stir-Fried Asparagus with Water Chestnuts, Ginger & Cashews, Curried Roast Chicken Pieces with Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrots, Grilled Corn & Bacon Pudding, Oriental Chicken Salad, Potato Salad with Bacon, Coffee Crusted Steak, Home Style Chicken Curry, Watermelon FrostyMango Gazpacho, Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Long Beans with Walnuts, Blacksmith Pizza, Rhubarb Crisp, Laksa, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Aloo Gobi, Mint Lassi, Red Curry Chicken, Lamb Curry, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Baked Egg Cups Two Ways, Thai Peanut Salad, Holy Guacamole, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, Wallaby Darned, Piggy-Out Cookies, Wicked Good New England Lobster Roll, Long Beans with Garlic, Super Simple Summer Shrimp Salsa Salad, Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak, Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho, Red Chinese Long Beans with Peppers & Red Curry, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake, Fig & Watermelon Salad, Grilled Chèvre & Fig Panini, Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad, Grilled Prawns, Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, Kicked Up Piggy-Out Cookies, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Nutella Crêpes, Mango, Lime & Chile Spiced Ice Box Pie, Roast Beef & Garlic Herb Cheese Sandwich, Layered Crespelle with Bolognese, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Jamaican Jerk Meat Pies, Nutella No Bake Cookies, Velvety Mac & Cheese, Welsh Cakes, Tom Yam Ghoong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Lime Jewels, Southwest Pasta Salad, Walnut Roca Squares, Uncle Bubba’s Shrimp & Grits, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Copycat “KFC” Coleslaw, Happy 6th Birthday Maisie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, Thin Mint Irish Coffee, Caramel Apples, “Rotisserie” Chicken, Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Mummy Hotdogs, Mango Upside Down Cake, Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens, Aloo Tikki, Pink Strawberry Cake Balls, Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Dumplings, Rum Cured Salmon, Apple, Cranberry & Rhubarb Crisp, Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Sour Cream, Crunchy Oat, Almond, Cashew & Pebbles Granola Bars, Texas Chicken with Lime Butter, Biscoff Fudge, Eggnog Popovers with Cranberry Butter, Creamed Corn with Cheese and Cilantro, Potato Crusted Pork Chops, Oatmeal, Cashew & Chocolate Granola Bars, Texas Chicken Sandwich, Seared Scallops with Creamy Pesto & Lemon Pepper Pasta, Thai Chicken Noodle Soup, Glazed Lemon Squares, Chang-Style Brussels Sprouts, Maisie “safe” No Bake Cookies, Ponderosa Lemon & Sour Cream Tart, Pork Dumplings with Rice Wrappers, Sweet & Spicy Apple Pork, Dark Chocolate Dipped Candied Lemon Peel, Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites, Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake and Malted Pretzel Crunch.



  1. First it has been FOREVER since I visited your site and wow Maisie has grown into SUCH a beautiful girl!! Sorry to hear she is suffering like this. A bit disappointed they didn't have her on the probiotic from day 1 knowing what a long course this was going to be but hope it helps her quickly! Poor thing!

  2. Ugh, no fun!!! Hope the probiotics and antibiotics do the trick. We had the girls on probiotics for-freaking-ever. Good stuff. I wasn't sure from you post, are they saying the sinus infection could cause all the problems or are food allergies still involved? Sending love and hugs.

  3. Well I am so glad that you found at a reason! Hopefully this will work. I am glad that it is not more allergies. Those make things hard to work with, at least with this you can get it cleared up.

    Love the valentine dinner!

  4. I'm so glad you finally have an ANSWER! Yay! Hoping the probiotic helped Miss M's tummy.

  5. Poor Sweetie. I am so glad that you found the culprit, and I hope that Miss Maisie is congestion free soon!

    Thinking of you all!

  6. If Massie can eat yougart that will help with the augmentin, as your friendly blog reader and pharmacist. Steam via netti pot, or steamer helps those sinus infections too, no matter how deep and isn't a drug!

  7. AmyinTexas8:30 PM

    My son was on 6 weeks of oral antibiotics to clear up a bout of discitis. We used the probiotics religiously, and it really helped with the diarrhea. Is plain yogurt with live cultures Maisie safe? My son ate a lot of that, too, just to keep that good bacteria flowing.

    Hope Maisie feels better soon!


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