Friday, January 20, 2012

The Fourth Year Check-Up


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Yesterday I took Bean in for her yearly check up.  I thought I would share some of her stats here.  I should have been doing this all along because this blog was started as a memory book of sorts but I feel out of the habit.

She is 38 ½ inches tall (23 percentile), and weighs 29 pounds 4 ounces (6th percentile).  Yes, she is a tiny thing.  The doctor wasn’t that concerned about the weight though.  We talked about Bean being a picky eater and my frustrations with that.  This doctor has seen Bean from her first pediatric visit and knows that Bean came into this world at only 5 pounds 4 ounces, and then lost down to 4 pounds 12 ounces while in the hospital.  So she knows she runs small.

The doctor mentioned that we could put her back on Pediasure.  Bean used to love those and I’m sure would do so again.  Of course, she likes something one day and hates it the next which is part of the frustration and I guess par for the course with a toddler.  I remember being a very picky eater, sometimes still can be, so I guess she gets it honestly.

The one hitch to the visit was that Bean failed her hearing test.  They are not sure if it was because of remaining fluid in her ears after just getting over being sick and having allergies, or if maybe she’s too immature to understand how to follow the testing rules.  They used a machine that they inserted into her ear and it would play a number of beeps.  She was to raise her hand once she heard a beep and then put her hand back down.  Well, the hand would go up and stay up.  Then once they put her hand down, there were several beeps that she did not respond to.  So they aren’t sure if there is really a problem or if she just needs a little more time to understand what she needs to do.

A couple of years ago, I had to take her to an ENT for recurring ear infections and they did a whole hearing test on her then and she passed.  So I am hoping that she just did not understand how to do what they wanted her to do.

She did get her finger pricked to test for anemia again.  The poor baby’s finger bled for a couple of hours after that.  Then they gave her four booster shots.  I had forgotten this was going to happen and I hadn’t prepared her by giving her Advil beforehand or prepared myself with the pep talk I always have to do.  I absolutely hate having to hold my child down while they give her shots.  She’s crying and screaming and I’m trying not to cry and scream myself.  It’s horrible.

After the doctor’s visit she had to go to the dentist for her six month check up.  She did pretty good during the exam and has a small spot on the front of one of her front teeth that has to be fixed.  But the dentist was happy with how we’ve gotten better at tooth care and Bean was excited to get her prizes for being good.  She even took her goodies to school today so she could show them off.  (Sorry teachers!)

Then after all of these check ups, it was off to get another haircut so she can see again.  Now she is getting more and more excited for her birthday party this weekend.

So if you all are the praying type, please pray that Bean's hearing is fine.  I'd appreciate it.  I am going to try not to worry about it until I have something to worry about.  


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