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(Strange) Week in Review: Dog, Swimming, Snow, and a Lot More

It’s been a long, strange week.

We got back from sunny Florida on Friday to not-so-sunny Massachusetts.

Then started a new session of swim lessons on Saturday. Since it was a new session, Maggie moved over with Burke’s instructor from the last session…and promptly freaked out. She wanted her old one (who was working with another little kid). I had to talk her down and have her promise to try out Instructor J. And I talked with Instructor J. to let him know that she was kind of scared. (Burke seems to have advanced a bit more than Maggie – simply because he has no fear). Instructor J. let Maggie use the noodle for most of the rest of the lesson, so she seemed okay. After the session, she let it slip that she was afraid that Instructor J. would make her do everything that Burke does. (He can swim under water for a little ways…Maggie doesn’t really like putting her face in the water.) She’s promised to stick it out and try again next week.

On Sunday, Higgins joined us! He’s such a sweet, sweet puppy. He spends most of his day up with me while I’m working. He’s a good boy, but will benefit from a wee bit more training 😉

Sunday is also about the time we realized that Logan more than likely had Chickenpox. Yes. Chickenpox. And yes, he was vaccinated. And I think that’s the only reason that most of those pox (covering his whole body) were all but gone Monday morning. Looking back, there were definitely signs on Sunday…

On Monday, Nanny C. started! (I’m a little nervous because she’s never had the Chickenpox…eek! Fingers crossed that Logan wasn’t contagious.) So far, the kids seem to really like her. YEAH!

On Tuesday, I got an email and a phone call stating that school was canceled for Wednesday … and it hadn’t even started snowing yet. Turns out they made a good call because…

On Wednesday, we got 26 inches of snow!! Mike stayed home and pretty much spent the entire day shoveling. (We *so* need to get a snowblower!!) Wednesday evening I got the same messages that school was canceled for Thursday as well. Which was a little strange because it had already stopped snowing…but I guess it was because not all of the roads were plowed and they were worried about the bus routes.

On Thursday, Logan had yet another follow-up appointment with Dr. Endo. He’s 29.4 pounds and exactly 3 feet tall. Apparently, he’s still “drifting” down the charts in height though. At the first appointment, he was in the 13th percentile…then the 8th, and now the 7th.  She talked about getting blood work done, but mentioned that it could wait until the next appointment – which I jumped on, of course. (Plus, I had the kids with me because Nanny C. wasn’t able to get to us.) SO…we go back for more measurements in 4 months. Seriously, all they do is weigh him and measure his height, ‘wing span’, and ‘trunk’. I suppose that’s a hell of a lot better than taking blood from him each time.

More Logan Updates

(I was going to write “More on Logan” … but say that fast and that’s SO wrong! LOL!)

Anyway…Today was Logan’s follow-up appointment with the Endocrinologist. (His first one was in March, followed by a phone call a few weeks later.) Unfortunately, we couldn’t get an appointment with the original doctor, so this is Dr. EndoTwo. Which may be why (drum roll, please) she wants to see him again in 4 or 5 months.

Here’s what today’s appointment looked like: We drive all the way to Children’s Hospital (at least it’s not the one in downtown Boston!); we wait in the waiting room for a few minutes; we go with the nurse so Logan can get weighed (just over 28 pounds!), measured (I forget!), and his blood pressure taken; we go back to the waiting room for a few minutes (where I shamelessly twin-stalk the double strollers); we get called back into the office; Logan gets his “wing-span” measured, his legs measures, and she checks out various areas (I’m assuming having to do with his thyroid, but I have no idea); and Dr. EndoTwo says, “Well. He’s doing okay. And he looks fine. But he’s just not gaining like he’s supposed to.” Apparently, he’s supposed to be gaining 8 oz (I really don’t remember the units), and is only gaining 5.5. Oh wait – perhaps that was height. I’m so bad…as soon as she says “He’s okay.” I tune things out *blush*

I suppose that’s my way of dealing with it all … I don’t dwell on the details. Unfortunately, this means that I’m not giving enough details to Mike…who is a details guy! (Sorry, honey!)

On the bright side, they didn’t have to take any blood today 🙂  And Logan was SOOOO good. (Dr. EndoTwo even said that it was the best way to end her day. 🙂 )

Logan News

Dr. Endo called this morning to go over the results of the tests from a few weeks ago.

Looks like nothing changes from what he initially wanted to do: we go back in 4 months to check things out.

The blood work showed that his ESR numbers were just fine (which makes sense because he wasn’t sick this time). And that the other two they were checking out (the two growth hormones) were about the same as last time. One was normal and the other was slightly low.

So we’ll just wait and see.

In other news, Logan had two speech evaluations this week. The one on Tuesday was actually his EI Re-eval where they test everything. He barely makes it back into EI for his speech stuff. And is above average in most everything else they tested. So…we’re good until he gets kicked out at age 3.

He also had testing done today at the public school to see if he qualifies for speech classes through them when he turns 3. He probably does, but they can’t say anything for sure until they go over all of the tests. We’ll have a meeting to discuss it all at some point in the near future.

The ladies there all know Burke from when he was taking his speech classes (and just gushed at how much they love him). It was kind of cute and embarrassing at the same time 🙂

Another Logan Update

Logan had his Endocrinologist appointment this morning. (EARLY! 8 am!!) Dr. Endo went over Logan’s previous lab results and growth chart with me so I actually have numbers and meanings! (Except, I’m not really sure what all those numbers actually mean 😉 )

His IGF-1 number (the growth hormone) is 45. Ideally, it should be between 51 and 303.

His IGF-BP3 number is 2.8. This one’s fine as it should be between 0.8 and 3.9.

His ESR is 26…which is “medium high” since it should be between 0 and 15. This number elevates if you’re sick though (and Logan had just gotten over pink eye and a cold).

SO….more blood drawn (and more donuts promised) to recheck those numbers. We’ll get those results and have a follow-up in 4 months.

Dr.  Endo isn’t actually too worried. He figures that the appointment in 4 months will be the last one and then Dr. Pedi will just need to keep track of Logan’s growth charts.

We’ll see!