Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Two More Done

Great visits with Dr. Morozova and Dr. McClintock today. Dr. McClintock, her neurologist, was first at 11 am. The minute we got to the "weigh-station" she started bawling crying. I guess she just knew that she was in for a long day. Fortunately, the actual appointment went better than that! Dr. McClintock said that she is doing really well, so well, that she doesn't have to go back for twelve months. He said that her leg looks good, and that (as he said before) her hand will be fisted, but that we're doing what we have to do through therapy to make it better. We asked about seizure risk (she's just a little bit more likely than the average population to have a seizure). He said there is no 'age' where we won't have to worry about her having seizures. He has a patient with hemiparetic cerebral palsy who had his first seizure at age 18. So we just have to watch and wait on that, but it's not something we need to worry about too much! We also hoped he'd have some magic solution for the sleep. But no dice on that one.
We had lunch at Chick-Fil-A (Yeah!) and then headed across the street to the second Children's Hospital center for our 1 p.m. appointment with Dr. Morozova, the physiatrist. Again, she's doing great, and won't go back until October unless we notice that her muscle tone is getting tighter. Imogene was getting pretty tired at this point, but was a trooper. She sat on the floor and took crayons in and out of this little bag I keep them in. She would take one out, show it to Dr. Morozova and then put it aside, get another one, show it, get another one, over and over. She was just babbling away the whole time. Dr. M said she is very bright - who doesn't love hearing a doctor say that about their child! We'll keep stretching her hand and arm (and her leg too) as much as we can to keep the tone from getting too high. Imogene even took a nap this afternoon when we got home (plus the few minutes she slept on the way home!) What a relief to have those appointments out of the way.

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