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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A day at the Children's Hospital

So today was Izzy's much anticipated hospital day!  She popped right out of bed, was super cooperative eating breakfast and getting dressed and putting her socks and shoes on because she couldn't wait to go :p  What a change from the old days when just walking into the place gave her an anxiety attack!  I think it helped that she has been seeing the ophthalmologist every six months for a while now so she knows that the only not fun part is the eye drops to dilate her eyes and she thinks the way things look when she's dilated are "funny" so she's willing to put up with the drops ;)

We packed her food last night and she helped me pack it into the "lunch purse" today and carried it about the house while everyone else got ready.  It had snowed so we decided to leave straight from dropping S off at school rather than coming home for a little while and it was a very good thing we did.  The roads were bad.  It took us extra long to get S to school but I figured once we got on the expressway, it would be better because they usually plow/salt the expressway first.

We get on the interstate and there we are in the fast lane, passing car after car after car in the right two lanes.  Speed demon, y' a whopping five miles per hour.  HA!  It took us so long to get to the hospital, I was sure they would cancel our appointment and make us reschedule (which I hoped not because we waiting a month and a half to get this spot!).  But they were understanding and gracious and sympathetic and got us right back and the appointment started.

Izzy's eyes look great--everything is healthy, no signs of problems (other than the fact that she is nearsighted and has astigmatism).  She did get a script for her first pair of glasses, just to wear when she's trying to see something across a room (watching tv/movies, storytime at the library, etc) and he said it wasn't a big deal if she didn't want to wear them but since she has been complaining things far away are hard to see and wants to get right up on top of things to look at them, it couldn't hurt to let her try glasses and see if it helps.  So she picked out some frames and is very excited for them to be finished so she can take them home and show them off :)

After her appointment was done, we stopped at the information desk and got a pass to go through security to the cafeteria so she could eat her snacks from her "lunch purse".  She carried the pass and showed it to the security guard and was very very proud of herself :)  I was, too!  Once upon a time, she would have been much to anxious to have that interaction.  She loved sitting in the dining room and spent a lot of time waving at and saying hi to everyone dressed in scrubs.  She still has a lot of "white coat" anxiety and tends to shut down if a doctor is wearing a white coat (except for her pediatrician--she LOVES her and instantly is comfortable with her) but scrubs equals nurses to her and she loves nurses :)

Thankfully, the drive home was a little easier and instead of going 5-25 mph we mostly got to do around 55mph so it took much less time getting home :p

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A trip to the dentist

With the boys, first dentist visits happened around eighteen months.  With Iz, though, I had so much trouble finding a dentist who would see her!  They hear "heart defect" and "open heart surgery" and they couldn't see her until she was five.  I wasn't too worried--until her front teeth started to discolor after several hard falls during some seizures.  I finally found a dentist a few months ago willing to see her.....and she was promptly fired as a patient after a very short first visit.  She was very anxious, would not sit in the chair, would not let them get a good look in her mouth.  Based on the quick look the dentist did get and my description of what happened and the timeline of the graying of her teeth, they advised I get her into a pediatric dentist who could possibly sedate her because she was probably going to need baby root canals to save the teeth to ensure her permanent teeth came in properly down the road.

Finding a pediatric dentist in my area that accepted our insurance was not easy.  But I finally found one and while we had to wait about a month to get an appointment, we went in today.  Iz was still anxious and not very cooperative but the dentist had several techs come in and between them and myself we held her arms and legs and head still so he could get a look.  She wasn't happy but she did get a very good exam and her teeth look great, even the damaged ones!  Much of the discoloration is actually now gone and they are returning to their normal color, they are not loose at all, there's no swelling in the gums above the teeth, and while he wants me to continue to keep a close eye on them, he believes she will be just fine.  Apparently you can bruise the tissue inside teeth--sometimes the blood that clots in there does kill off the tooth but if the circulation is good enough, it breaks up the clot and the discoloration goes away and the tooth is fine.  Looks like she just had some bruising and hopefully when we have her followup, the coloration on those teeth will be absolutely normal and that will be the end of it :p  Now that she is on a good dose of her seizure meds, she rarely has injury-inducing falls.  She falls, of course, she's only three, but when she used to fall due to seizures, she wouldn't put her hands out to break her fall and that's why she kept hitting her teeth.  Now, those hands come out and she sometimes gets a scrape or bump on her hands but that is way better than busting up her face :p

Tomorrow, we head up to the hospital for our new patient visit with the ophthalmologist (the one we've been seeing the past few years moved to California).  She is excited because she likes getting her eyes checked plus she packed up her snacks and things and can't wait to use the "lunch purse" we won from Mom on the Go's contest around Christmastime :p  S thought the lunch bag was a cool purse so they all call it the "lunch purse" now LOL