So here I am, finally getting to blogging. Never one to be pithy the following post is long. I apologize. In an attempt to have fewer needless details and not waste time I feel this all comes off a bit dry and void of emotion. It could be the sickness/worn out or due to a recent conversation where I was told I over share, talk too much, and give too much detail, but at any rate I feel out of my element today.
I'm emerging from the sickness; it's still pretty miserable, nausea almost constantly, but I am partially functioning again! This is all part of the process and what matters is that the baby is doing really well right now. Measuring on track, healthy heartbeat, early screenings all show no defects or concerns.
As much as I wanted this - this child, I am not immune from the desire to complain about all the challenges and ailments that come with pregnancy. Like "pelvic girdle pain" - it already hurts to walk and feels like I have a bowling ball weighing on my pelvic bones. Or like my new label of Grand Muliparity (having delivered 5 or more children - makes my uterus sound like a used car)!
I decidedly do not glow - unless sweat glows. The daily blood thinner injections are causing some bruising and a horridly itchy eczema rash on my abdomen. I'm gonna have to give mad props to my hubby for sticking with me all these pregnancies. I'm not at my sexiest - or sanest. Thanks also to the rest of the world for putting up with me!
Ever since our pediatrician retired we have been very unhappy with our replacement so I found a new one at Children's Hospital and all 4 kids FINALLY had their New Patient visits! While Julia hasn't gained any more weight (and is having other developmental & medical delays), before we got too concerned the Doc had her do a bone age x-ray.
Taylor has been through this for years. Her issue is the exact opposite - her bone age is advanced by several years. So we are familiar with the process. An x-ray of the hand is done and the bone growth is measured and a chronological age is given based on the bone size.
Julia was 14 years 6 months at the time of the x-ray and her bone age is 13 years. If you adjust the growth chart by plotting her weight and other stats into the age 13 chart things align up much better and we have less concern about her development. It basically gives her an extra year to catch up.
Julia was recently diagnosed with Tachyphemia - also called cluttering, a speech disorder related to fluency & rapid frequency of speech. This explains the mumbling, incomplete words & thoughts, running words together, speaking too fast, etc. AND why she is not aware of it and is so frustrated when asked to speak slower and not mumble. Her speech therapist plans to target this specific issue as the primary goal. The outcome is apparently not very good though.
Several months later, in January 2016, it's time for Bruce's rescheduled oral surgery. The upside to being soooo sick (pregnancy) is that Dan decided to join me. My 2 PCAs are amazing and this morning Thuy went above and beyond - taking the other 3 kids to their Fraser appointments so Dan & I could both go to the hospital.
It was actually a wonderful morning! Bruce scored a new coloring book & Dan & I both got to play Paw Patrol with him! After a LONG conversation with my favorite anesthesiologist we were able to sort out a 6 year mess involving a misdiagnosis of Malignant Hypothermia (a big, bad thing if going under anesthesia). This is a HUGE deal and I am SO grateful to not deal with this nightmare every 3 months when a child has a surgery.