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.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Trifecta

Katie's cast change, Hannah's checkup, and Luke's blood draw.

So this morning was a busy day, but it was over by nap time.  First up was Katie's cast change.  Brianna asked if she could come with me at the last minute, so she got to witness the saw in action.  

What you see above is the cotton layer that goes between the skin and the fiberglass.  They did things a little differently this time.  They put on a plaster toe to ankle cast and then really tweaked the foot into place while it was drying.  Then they did a fiberglass wrap over the whole thing.  Katie was awesome throughout.  The PA even commented that aside from an increase in respiration, you would never know she was having a procedure.   

That can't be comfortable!  Again, nap time was hard, and she woke up out of sorts.  I'm starting to see we should just expect this on cast change days.

After we finished at Shriners, I drove home and traded Katie and Brianna for Hannah, Luke, and Jack.  

Hannah had her checkup today to get her school form filled out.  She did poorly on her vision exam, even wearing her glasses, so we've got a referral to take her back into the pediatric ophthalmologist.  

Aaaand she did poorly on her hearing exam, so we have a referral to the audiologist, as well.  Just what we need, right?  More referrals.  I think there's more of a problem with following instructions/testing than with her actual eyes and ears, but we'll see what the guys in white coats have to say.  

After Hannah's check up, we went to the lab to do the blood work requested by Luke's neurologist.  Unfortunately, Luke is hard to draw, since he's got so much fat covering his veins.  You can't see them.  So the use a tourniquet, and try to feel for them.   

Which results in multiple pokes, and digging around for the vein.  Yes, it takes three people to hold one angry baby and get enough blood to run multiple tests out of him.  (And yes, my photographer was 9, and using an old cell phone.)   

When I got home, I was exhausted, so we did lunch and naps.  Tomorrow the littles go to the dentist!  I'll be interested to hear what they have to say about Luke's "double tooth."

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  1. My son has a double tooth and an extra tooth from his cleft palate and lip, for now they are doing nothing about it, maybe at our 6 month checkup next month they will change their mind. I'll be interested to see what they say about the double tooth. Praying for things to slow down on your end!

  2. Hugssssssssssss sent your way.

  3. Hugs to all! Sounds like a good day for chocolate!

  4. We need to catch up. Email me!

  5. Oh your sweet precious angels.

    Delighted to meet you today. I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. We've just begun our foster journey and this looks like a refreshing place to dip into some serious goodness.

    I'm also on the hunt for ways to promote bonding and attachment with our new little princess (and all the precious ones that come through our home). I would be crazy blessed to have you share your wisdom with me and others.