Monday, November 02, 2009

More Doctors

Today Olivia and I were in Chicago for her three month appointment. I have always loved going, and so does she, the doctors and staff at the University of Chicago Hospital are top notch wonderful! I must say that they are still outstanding but I was a little disappointed today.

Olivia goes every three months to have blood drawn, any needed vaccines given, and levels checked. We also hear what her levels were like from our last appointment, three months prior. So today I learned that some of her numbers were not so good. I wish that instead of sitting on those numbers for three months, they would have at least called and made me aware. Not that there's anything I could have done, but to find this out today, when they've known for three months, was a little aggravating.

One of the numbers is one that had gone down in the past, and one of her medicines was changed as a result of this. The other though, is one that has NEVER gone up in the almost five years she's lived with me, and that is the one that concerns me. Her number in this area should be less than 50, and it was 260. Now, many children have numbers even higher than this and their numbers eventually go down and are less than 50, at times fluctuating back up once in a while. I know that, and I know that all these children are healthy and vibrant and "fine." BUT, she has NEVER been over 50. That's a big deal to me. That's information I would have liked to have known three months ago. And I would think that that would have been something that we could have gone in for before now to retest, even to our local outpatient center, and have seen what the numbers were at a later date... but not three months later. Maybe??? Maybe it's just me. ??? So, her blood was drawn, and testing will commence, and I was told that in a week, when they have their results, I'll be called about the numbers from today and we'll "talk then." It's going to be a LONG week. At least I have things to keep me distracted. :)

Like these three monkeys! :)


Sorry to hear of the medical stress ... we hget that from time to time too... UGH!

But what a great way to keep distracted ... Adorable monkeys!!!

Julie said...

UGH! I am sorry- I am praying!!! Hang in there-

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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