At two-months-old, we were admitted to McMaster Children’s Hospital for failure to thrive, which started our journey with whom we affectionately call Team HBK (Harper Brinley Kalcic). Upon discharge, we were set up with a dietician, Trish Hogg, and an Occupational Therapist (OT), Sally Rennick. They worked tirelessly with us for about eight-months to get Harper to gain weight and keep her feeds inside. When she was 11-months-old, Harper had surgery to put in her first of many feeding tubes and our baby girl began to grow, and thrive.
Upon discharge from McMaster Children’s Hospital, we were referred to a Dietician and Occupational Therapist. They worked together and worked with us trying to get Harper to stop spitting up all of her feeds. Harper started to slowly gain weight.
Late in 2017, we were introduced to our full team, which included a social worker, speech therapist and physiotherapist. We had appointments two to three times per week and, while progress was slow, there was a definite improvement.