May 3, 2012

Thankful Thursday!


Yesterday was our yearly visit to the Emory Down Syndrome Clinic to see the developmental pediatrician and it was such a joy! As always, Dr. Jeannie was as sweet as ever, and it is wonderful to be at a point in Chase's life where doctor's visits are reassuring measures of improvement rather than nerve wracking bearers of iffy news!

In this past year, Chase has had tonsils and adenoids removed, two tear duct surgeries, tear duct tubes placed, then removed, ear tubes placed, sleep studies, and blood tests. End result? He is sleeping better (though still with mild apnea), his tear ducts have cleared up, his sinus infections decreased, his hearing improved, less fluid in his ears, less congestion, and he has worlds more energy. He is also walking and vocalizing more.

Huge praises:

  • The opthalmologist thought he might need to rebuild Chase's entire tear duct system .... Nope - his eyes suddenly cleared up! Problem solved out of nowhere!
  • The ENT thought Chase's ear tubes were no longer working and that we'd need to put him under anesthesia to replace them .... but antibiotics surprised the doctors by completely clearing up the fluid and showing the tubes still worked.
What we were told at the clinic yesterday was simply that we should visit an orthopedist for shoe inserts or possibly little ankle braces to help Chase improve his walking, and that we should go back to giving him fish oil to help stimulate his talking. If these are the biggest concerns we have to worry about right now, I'll take it!! 

We have a sleep study next week to evaluate how the apnea is doing and need to get thyroid tests done. But all in all, Chase's health is great, he has improved since his last visit, and he is loving life and enjoying being a big brother! Praise God!



The Fontenot Four

7 comments:

  1. It's gotta feel so great to see positive results of all of all of that stress and anguish! I've passed your blog along to a friend who is going through some of the same issues with her little boy now. Total sidenote, http://sassyshopperreviews.blogspot.com/ just posted to giveaways. Check them out when you have a minute!

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  2. Such beautiful pictures! I know the stress that is placed on mommy and daddies when they are "issuess" with their children. We have two that have gone through sooo many things.

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  3. Your kids are so cute! Bless Chase's heart with all those surgeries!

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