Another Successful Appointment

So after all of last night’s venting? Chazz’s doctors appointment was easy-peasy!

There were no shots, no bloodwork, and no tears. Which is a success in my book.

The purpose of the appt was to check on his weight, since he is such a little man. And we will be seeing them every two months until he makes some ground in the growth department.

The good news is HE DID GAIN WEIGHT!! Chazz weighed in at 18 pounds 11 ounces and 29 1/4 inches tall. {Yes, we are counting any extra ounces or inches we can!} And his head measures right on, as usual.

Roman an I managed to throw together a last-minute list of questions. His pedi had a lot of extra time to answer them, which helped put our minds at ease a little.

Chazz won’t be needing tubes in his ears due to those back to back ear infections a while back as they thought. His ears looked great. Success!

As far as growth, Chazz isn’t leveling out on the growth chart, which is good. He is continuing right along the same curve (between the 1st and 2nd %ile).

Ideally, we want to see him at 4%-5% by two. So we have a lot of headway to make, but I think we can do it.

We also are not going to start him on any growth hormones unless he starts leveling out on the growth chart.

We are going to take Chazz to see the Pediatric Endocrinologist in Seattle if he doesn’t make some headway by the next check-up in two months. Just to be sure that his pituitary gland is producing enough of other hormones as well.

Sigh.

I don’t want to do that, because it frankly is scary and pretty much involves pushing him to the point of being hypoglycemic and testing his levels over a three day hospital stay.

It sounds rough, and I don’t want my baby to go through that.

So we have the next two months to get some chunk on this kid!

But as his doctor said, it looks like he is holding ground, so there is a lot in our favor. And the way Chazz has been eating, I think it will all work out.

So after all my worries, the appt went just fine, we got good news, and all our questions were answered.

Oh, and I made his next appointment in the afternoon. So no more early morning doctor dates from now on!
(really, what was I thinking?!)

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Effing Eff. And Blood Work

Chazz’s blood work came back. Not normal. Low levels of growth hormone. Which would help explain why he’s in the 2nd percentile.

They’re going to “keep tabs.”

(Gee, fucking thanks.)

I don’t know what this means. For him. For us. For anything.

All I know is that I don’t want to talk about it. Or deal with anymore of this Optic Nerve Hypoplasia bullshit.

For now, it’s just snuggle time with my handsome little peanut. My pen and notebook to vent. And a nice bottle of wine Roman picked up for me.

Oh, and a pillow. To scream into. And possible smother myself in… I don’t know yet.

*Sorry for the fowl language. I try not to swear in public. Tonight? I just don’t care anymore.*

Doctors & Appointments & Vaccines, Oh My!

Turning One has meant a ton of appointments for Mr. Chazz.

-His Well-Child Checkup.
You know, the usual stuff and the next round of shots.

-An eye exam. Keeping tabs on his Optic Nerve Hypoplasia.

-Blood work. Checking his blood and his growth hormone levels (cause he’s my little peanut.)

We’ve been a little busy with appointments, ya? All in all, the Kiddo is doing good. At his one year checkup, Chazz weighed 18 lbs and is about 28 inches long. That puts him in the 1 percentile for weight, and the 7th percentile for height.

I’ve been running around behind this kid with a spoon for the past three months trying to fatten him up for this thing and he still dropped 2%. What the…. I’m about due to develope a nervous complex about his eating.

Anyway, he also had to get a round of vaccinations X 3. Which made for a very grumpy dude. And while we were there, the took blood for some tests too. Other than being a little dehydrated from sickness, the first test is fine.

The results from the growth hormone tests won’t be back for a few days, but I’ll keep you posted. I’m crossing my fingers it comes back normal. :-/

His eye appointment went pretty smoothly. The first time, he wasn’t very cooprative. But this time we were able to find out more about his vision. The ONH heavily effects his periferal vision in his left eye. Chazz’s right eye seems to have fair to normal vision. I only he would sit still! But he is able to track and spot things from across the room, across the house even. So I *try* not to fret about it. Like his optholmologist said, he won’t be a pilot, but he’ll be just fine!

Glasses and/or contacts are definatly in his future, as are regular check ups on his Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. I’m still so thankful (Halleluia!) that all of the brain defects associated with ONH arn’t. Hopefully, the growth hormone levels won’t be a problem either.

We’ll know a lot more about his vision as he gets older. Unfortunatly, we have to wait until he is either old enough to cooperate or old enough to tell us. sigh. I hate waiting!

Chazz was one tough dude through all of these appointments. (I’m usually a wreck with these sorts of things.) I think he looked checking out all of the new toys and people. It doesn’t take long for him to have all eyes in the waiting room on him, captivated, and waiting for his next giggle. Such a schmooze!


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