Our Mad Medical Month

Fall is always a busy time for us in the medical arena since most of the kids have fall birthdays.  Only 5 days into the month, however, this fall is shaping up to be busier than normal.  Because of that I may be around either more or less in this space in the meantime.  

More if I need to get away from the craziness, less if I am unable to hide from it.

In a nutshell, our son Caleb sweet and smart as he is has really been struggling for the last year and a half and in the last 6 months has had some serious declines in behavior and development.  He is seeing a therapist now and probably starting a social skills class sometime before the end of the month.  We are also working through insurance hoops and hubballoo to get him into speech therapy.  This is actually one of my biggest areas of concern, although his therapist thinks the social skills group will help some with his social speech skills (looking at people, slowing down, etc).  I don't really have more to tell you than that, but it is an evolving process that may or may not result in any sort of official longer term diagnosis but at this point I just see the mounting number of appointments filling my calendar and pray that we are making the right decision for Caleb. 

In the middle of that, ear-boy Aidan is having his perforated ear drum repair done on the 22nd.  His exact surgery is called tympanoplasty.  I don't know what type/method it is per this specific website, but he has to have the version that involves making an incision behind his ear and folding it forward.  Actually it makes me a little queasy to think too much about that.  He will have to miss quite a bit of time from gymnastics and just from the timing of when his surgeon was available he probably won't be feeling very well for his birthday.   He was feeling pretty down about it, until he found out that grandma (Tim's mom) is going to come for a few days to help out.  I think that helped ease the sting and we told him he could celebrate his birthday a week early so he was feeling better.  I just again, pray that we are making the right decision.  As the ENT was telling me how one of the risks is that it could make his hearing loss worse I was starting to wonder!

So that's all of course without well child check ups and anything else that comes up.  Usually we do the dentist in August too, but I don't think that's happening this month!  So, I guess this post is my in-case-I-disappear disclaimer!

1 comment:

Meredith said...

I'll be praying for you, Heidi, as you embark on busyness and wonder if you're going in the right direction. Bill and I were just wondering that tonight about our little family. I suppose the best thing we can do is take it to prayer and trust that God will lead us through our parental sense. You're doing great things for your kids. Hang in there!