Our visit with Joey's new doctor went very good. I heard a lot of things that I already knew and some new things. He answered each and every question I had to ask. A couple things I guess I really wasn't expecting to hear and didn't want to hear.
He drew Joey's blood for his thyroid & CBC tests, and he also had enough left over to send out for a chromosomal analysis. I had the prenatal diagnosis of trisomy 21 but after Joey was born I refused to let them draw blood again for another one to check for MDS. Apparently it doesn't always show up in prenatal testing. He said that there was a small chance that Joey might have mosiac DS, but with way Trisomy 21 is Trisomy 21 and his diagnosis won't change.
Joey has the cutest pinky fingers. Many children with DS have crooked pinky fingers but I guess I never realized that Joey is missing a complete bone in each of his pinkies until the doctor pointed it out too me. He only has 2 joints instead of the 3 typical people have.
He also told me yesterday that there's a chance that Joey won't walk until he's 2 years old. I just can't believe that, I won't believe that. Each of our children is different and I'm going to hope and pray that Joey walks by 1 1/2, if not sooner. I quit reading the books about babies with Down syndrome soon after Joey was born. Each of our children are so different and the books make each child with Trisomy 21 seem the same exactly the same kind of like a text book.
He did give me wonderful ideas of certain types of shoes to buy for Joey to help him stand better, different techniques to use when eating and drinking that our OT had not told us about, and showed me a massage to use on Joey's high palate if Joey will corporate.
I went to the appointment with a pile of Joey's medical records that he didn't have yet in Joey's chart. He was quite happy with that. I also brought the before pictures when Joey was fitted for his helmet. He was very happy to see the progress Joey's head has made.
Well, I guess that's all that I can think of right now that went on yesterday at the appointment. I think it went good minus him telling me about Joey and the possiblity of Joey not walking until he's 2. He will walk when he's ready to walk!