--An Orphan No More--


Thursday, December 2, 2010

doctors, doctors and....more doctors....

Everlyn is a trooper. I have taken her to just about every doctor you can think of...and have upcoming appointments for the ones you can't even think of...

General ped - Everlyn had her first visit with our awesome pediatrician the day after we got home. I think I posted about this appt, but she did well and we were told she looked GREAT! :o) And they took 6 tubes of blood...or something like that. It was a lot from such a small person!

Ped cardiology - We saw a terrific pediatric cardiologist at one of the local children's hospitals. The doctor was very sweet and could not hear a murmur at all, but wanted to check her over more thoroughly. They did an EKG (which was normal) and an echocardiogram. The echo showed that Everlyn was born with two holes in her tiny heart - a PFO (patent foramen ovale) and a VSD (ventricular septal defect). We were told about the PFO while in Ukraine, but we were told it had "resolved" on its own. The VSD was a surprise. Well, it turns out BOTH tiny holes have closed on their own so Everlyn needs no intervention and no more trips to the pediatric cardiology center. YAY!

Ped endocrinology - We got lucky and this appointment can wait - her initial labwork our pediatrician ordered showed that her thyroid is doing its job. We were told in Ukraine that she was hypothyroid. The physician who did her Embassy medical exam even said her records indicated she was taking a low dose of Synthroid. Well, no one at the orphanage ever mentioned her being on medication so who knows........ So, we will repeat this bloodwork in a few months and see where we are then. Until then, this appt can wait! :o)

Allergy/immunology - We think Everlyn is allergic to "something". Milk maybe? We aren't sure, but sometimes she spits up. Other times she breaks out, especially on her little hands. The allergist ordered some bloodwork that I have not had drawn yet...I am waiting to see if any of the other doctors we plan to see want labs so we can minimize the needles for my sweet girl.

Ped opthalmology - When we were in Ukraine, Everlyn's eyes "dripped" almost constantly, especially her right eye. And they would get "goopy" at times. I wondered about a blocked tear duct. Now, it seems better, but I plan to still take her since children with Ds can have issues related to their eyes, vision, etc.

Ped dentist - Everlyn had her first dentist appointment already. She and her siblings...yes, I took all FIVE kids to the dentist at the same time...came out of there without one single cavity! WOOHOO!!!!!!! She is just now getting her top incisors and is missing a baby tooth in the bottom right side. Dentist says it could mean it is just missing...it could mean it is late coming in. He also said she may or may not have that permanent tooth. We opted to skip x-rays since it doesn't really matter and there was no real reason to "traumatize" her with more "baby torture" that day..... :o)

Ped GI - I need to make this appt. Poor girl has some GI issues. Not sure what exactly. She spits up, has oddly icky-smelling poo (aren't you glad you read this blog entry...?), etc. We shall see what the GI doc has to say... I am stumped really. Maybe the milk thing? I will keep you posted.

Dermatology - Yep, this poor little girl has eczema and gets random rashes. I haven't taken her to a derm yet, but I need to make an appt for her. ((sigh))

Genetics - We likely won't have to see a genetics doctor, but we did have a chromosome analysis done. I was told it can take 2-3 weeks to get those results. We were told she had "suspected mosaic Down syndrome", "slight Down syndrome" and "Down syndrome, but not deep." (I am sure something gets a bit skewed in translation. LOL! Basically, because she is "healthy" and rather high functioning (other than speech, it is hard to find a "delay" with her), it could just be assumed it is mDs as opposed to Ds. Out of curiosity, we just want to know for sure...and it should go without saying that the results do NOT matter to us. We just want to know.... My pediatrician says his money is on mDs....we shall see!

Did I miss any???? :o)

Aside from all of that...which is NOT a big deal in the grande scheme of things...Everlyn is doing so so so well! I can't wait to see her face when she sees our Christmas tree for the first time! Eric has it put together (at our new house in TN), and it is just waiting for me to decorate it. It is a 12 foot tree so she will either be mesmerized by the lights, or terrified by the sheer size of the darn thing. Either way, it is fun to experience things for the "first time" through her eyes.

I have a couple more weeks of work. My last night is December 17th. We move on the 18th. Ahhhhhh............ In the end, it will all be worth it but right now my head feels like it may explode with so many "to-do" lists and such. Pray for my sanity! Moving with 5 kids (one being new), to a new state, a week before Christmas...it should TOTALLY be illegal!


Kate said...

Has anyone suggest Celiac Disease to you? From your description of things, I wonder if that's what is going on.

I'm so happy for you that your little girl is pretty darn healthy ~ that is a huge blessing! :)

Mom2FourLittleEs said...

Kate - No one has said it...but it's what I am thinking. That's why I am making the Ped GI appt next.... ((sigh))

Bethany said...

Also, allergies can cause GI problems and the eczema as well. My oldest was severely allergic - not to the point of life threatening - but he was allergic to SO many things. He had lots of GI issues - reflux as an infant, chronic diarrhea at one point, etc etc. He also had/has really bad eczema that is better when his allergies are controlled.

Molly said...

Probably a parasite or some sort of yucky tummy thing from EE causing the poops. Milk could cause the eczema too.

ouradoptionjourneywithBryceVanya said...

I know the feeling. Poor thing is over it now and we still have surgery to get through now. glad to hear all is well. We had the chromsomal analysis done too by our pediatrician and it was quite funny when the nurse called and said we just wanted to let you know that he has down syndrome! Wow that was a shocker!! LOL!
Good luck with the move and look forward to seeing you guys in the near future!
Kim, Tom and Bryce

babyarnie said...

My daughter Laurel who I adopted from Ukraine at 2 last year had some of the same symptoms. Outside, her eyes would tear and run constantly. This went on for about 2-3 months and then strangely went away. Also for the strange smelling poop.... you may have done this already but our Dr. did a poop analysis b/c she too had a strange smelling poop. I can't remember exactly which parasite she had but they said it was common in EE and is gotten through the water supply. She's beautiful! Enjoy her!

Lori said...

That whole post just stressed me out (and reminded me of a few follow up appt. I need to make hahaha. You are a great mama Ashli!

I nominated your blog so go back to mine to see what it is. (I am kinda digging that it matches your colors here) I am adorkable like that. hahaha

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