A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pediatrician appointment

It's a weird thing, registering one child for high school and one child for kindergarten. In some ways the same (both needed shots) other ways so different (one had to write an essay, the other didn't even have to appear). Even the worries are the same and different. Will they fit in? Will the other kids like/accept them? Have I done enough homeschooling to prepare Samuel for the big world of high school? Will Hannah's classmates make fun of her prosthetic leg and xiao hand?

Today we headed off to the doctors office, just Hannah, Sam and I. Sorry, no pictures, I forgot my camera. Both kids got their "well child" check ups and a couple of shots. It was so cute to see them hold each other's hands for comfort during the shots. (Sam didn't cry, of course. Hannah started crying at the alcohol wipe.) Samuel got the puberty talk and the "just say no" to drugs and alcohol talk, Hannah got praise for wearing big girl panties and learning to walk on her new leg. (The Ped hadn't seen her since she got it.)

This visit was Hannah's first hearing and vision screen. (I don't think we could have effectively done them much earlier, given her comprehension and maturity.) GUESS WHAT? She didn't do so well on the vision test. Once again, I'm venturing into totally new territory here, as the other kids have all had great vision. We'll be taking her in to an optomotrist to see if we can determine how much of her score was based on not knowing the names of the shapes and how much she's really not seeing them. The nurse said she got 20/50 in one eye and 20/70 in the other. I'm anxious to see what an eye doctor gets.

Oh, and Hannah weighed in at 30#, up 4# from when we got her a year ago. She's 38" high, but I wasn't paying attention to which leg she was standing on when they measured her, and her prosthetic is almost an entire inch shorter than her natural leg. So she could be a little taller than that. I need to call about getting an adjustment again. I just took her in December and they "grew" her leg 3/4" then.

Samuel broke triple digits, weighing in at 102# and standing 5' 1.5" tall. Both kids are a little on the small side on the charts.

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