All in all not so bad. He drank the barium (surprised??) and right away the doctor said YEP, he sure does reflux a lot! Then she flipped him from his side to his tummy and back to his side again and a lot more came back up. It looked to me (though I'm not positive) like some is just sitting in his throat and not even going down again once it comes up.
Anyway, a minute later she said that he's also aspirating. Sure enough, every swallow a bit of the liquid went into his airway- I could see that one. The barium is a thicker liquid, not like milk or water, and is similar in consistency to what he drinks with the milk/baby food combination he is currently eating. Looks like we'll be thickening even more... We knew he gagged bad and couldn't handle thin liquids but these are thicker and he's still aspirating them.
They tried calling around to get a script written in time for us to do the swallow study necessary to find out what thickness of liquids he CAN handle ok, but they weren't able to do it in time for us to make the one opening they had this morning. We were at the children's hospital an hour away so they were hoping to get us in today so we wouldn't have to fast another day and make the 2 hour round trip to do the swallow study. Oh well... it worked out after all for me to head home at that time.
This morning Mike got the other 3 kids up and dressed and dropped Emma off with my mom, Brianna and Kristopher at the church for school. My mom brought Emma back to him around 10 because she had a doctor's appointment, and then I pulled up in the parking lot at 10:45, handed Micah over to Mike for him to drop off for the last hour of school (I'd called to make sure it wouldn't be overwhelming for the teachers) and grabbed Emma. I took her down to the Children's Center for her PT from 11-11:45 then made it back up to the church by 12:10 to pick up the other 3 kids and get everyone home for naps.
At 2 Emma's teacher will be here for an hour and then at 7 we have our church Family Life Group for the last meeting until January (other than a Christmas party next month). It's already been a busy day and there's still a lot to go!
Oh, and although the reflux isn't a good thing, and the aspirating really isn't good... it does explain why Micah is constantly congested--- and wouldn't you think this also explains that "all the sudden" pneumonia he got when we first came home?? I DO!