The view's not too shabby - Evan and I enjoy a good skyline - but that city traffic makes our blood pressure skyrocket. I had to put on Garth Brooks as we entered the city limits to get Evan to a happier place :)
So the purpose of our trip? Brenna, of course.
This was the first time we've ever traveled for anything medical related to Brenna (we are SO LUCKY). And it wasn't anything necessary or pressing. It was at the encouragement of our dermatologist here in Springfield who wanted us to see a pediatric dermatologist in Chicago, Dr. Amy Paller, who is an ichthyosis expert at Lurie Children's Hospital and is on the board at FIRST. To us, that is the mark of the best kind of doctor - one who seeks other's opinions in order to get the best treatment for their patients.
And while there, we also saw another GI doctor on the same floor to get more input on Brenna's feeding issues.
Both appointments went very well, and we were really happy with both physicians we saw. They were fairly general appointments with lots of talking, but it was really nice to discuss some "problem" areas on her skin and some other concerns we have about her skin and feeding issues. We feel like with a condition this rare, it can never hurt to get additional input about her daily care.
Brenna was so hyper before her first appointment - laughing hysterically and practically shaking with excitement.
Then she perked up again for an early dinner at my brother's condo, where she also received a bath in their kitchen sink. Boo Boo was a big fan.
Unfortunately we hit some bad storms when we were just 45 minutes from home, which gave our day a nerve-wracking ending...but overall a very worthwhile trip that I'm glad we took the time to make. It's so helpful to add to our list of resources as we try to give Brenna the best possible care.