Peyton is 10 years old and was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was 3 years old. After a couple bouts with pneumonia and some digestive problems, our pediatrician (who completed her internship at Children's in the Pulmonary Department) decided she wanted to do a sweat test for CF. The sweat test came back as CF. Our doctor was able to get us an appointment at Children's the next day.
Our world was turned upside down. We didn't know anything about CF and were scared to death. We were introduced to some of the best nurses, doctors, therapists and staff members that we could ever ask for. Peyton was admitted to Children's for two weeks to get her CF under control and so we could learn everything we needed to know about CF. Peyton had to start IV antibiotics immediately along with breathing treatments and chest therapy. She was not a happy little girl.
That was in February 2005, and since then we have spent numerous days in the hospital and have met some amazing people who love their job and care about the kids they are treating. Peyton has had many surgeries and has visited different areas of the hospital, all of which have resulted in the best treatment that you could ask for. We had the honor of being in the expansion facility a month ago, and I must say it is very nice. It made our hospital stay much easier. I can't stress enough what a great staff Children's has, and we couldn't have made it through the past seven years without them. We are thankful to Children's for what they have done and will do for Peyton for years to come!