Thursday, June 11


So the lab results came back from the blood draw while we were at Children's and yes Tommy is anemic. Iron drops were phoned into our pharmacy and when I picked them up I was a little surprised to read the list of instructions for administering the drops. Long, long list of restrictions.

But first, as background, here is Tommy's current feeds and meds:
6am Yogurt with the antacid capsule opened and sprinkled onto it (he cannot bite or chew the little grains of antacids and this is the best I could do for him, insurance decided to deny all liquid compounded antacids which made life difficult for Tommy, and me)

6am 6 ounces of milk in his gtube,
Plus a little bowl of cereal with milk on it for him to eat orally

11am Lunch usually at Promise, plus 6 ounces of milk in his gtube

Water thru his straw honey bear throughout the day

2-3pm Snack and another 6 ounces of milk in his gtube

5:30pm Dinner (and lots of it) with straw cup of water

7pm 6 ounces of milk in his gtube, 5cc of liquid allergy meds in gtube, 5 cc of Omega Blendz (DHA,fish oil), 5cc of liquid Vitamin D (Wellesse)

And now here is the stipulations for Iron drops:
  • Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals
  • Take with a full glass of water (8 ounces)
  • Avoid taking antacids within 2 hours before/after drops
  • Avoid dairy products with 2 hours before/ after drops
  • Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking drops.
  • Must be taken TWICE daily
Constipation, diarrhea, stomach cramps or upset stomach may occur. Lovely for a kid with Hirschsprung's disease.

So, any ideas on when I should give the Iron Drops and not change too much his eating schedule which works perfectly? I really need him to start feeling more up to par, but this is a logistical nightmare. Anyone else taking Iron drops?

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