19 February 2013

Luke's 2 Month Check-Up

Today was Luke's 2 Month checkup.  Here are his stats:
  • Weight: 10 pounds, 8 ounces
  • Length: 21 1/4 inches
  • Head Circumference: 36 centimeters
  • Pulse Ox: 100%
Our doctor didn't share the percentiles for weight and length this time.  I think its because he doesn't want us to compare Luke's growth to "typically" developing children because he is a bit smaller as are most children with down syndrome, but rather wants us to focus on the fact that Luke is growing great!  He was 6 pounds, 8 ounces at birth and he's gained exactly 4 pounds since then, even with being hospitalized for 6 days with RSV at 6 weeks old.

The rest of the check-up was uneventful other than him detecting an aortic heart murmur.  This was the first time anyone has heard a murmur and it could be an indication that Luke's heart and lung function is beginning to change.  That possibility is why they decided to check his pulse ox (which was great at 100%) as he wanted to rule out the beginning of congestive heart failure.  We have another appointment with Luke's cardiologist scheduled for a month from tomorrow, but our pediatrician went ahead and sent her a note to let her know of his discovery in case she thinks it would be reason to see us sooner.  I haven't heard from her yet as to if she thinks it warrants a visit in the interrim.

Luke also received another prescription today for additional physical and occupational therapy.  Last week when the home health care nurse was out to administer Luke's Synagis injection, I learned that her company, Personal Touch Nursing offers in home PT and OT.  We have gone to a therapy facility in our hometown twice so far and while they've done a fine job with the therapy, it's pretty tough to get out with two small children (Luke's older brother turned 18 months old today) so in-home care would be so much more convenient... and would help to eliminate him coming into contact with more germs... a hot topic for me since he's already had RSV once and we know he needs to be healthy going into surgery once it gets scheduled.  Luke is also seeing a physical therapist from the Wayne County Board of Developmental Disabilities once per month.... I think it's great to have two sets of eyes on him and am hoping that our insurance will approve the in-home therapy this week.

Oh, and - Luke has slept 10 hours each of the last two nights!  Rock on baby Luke, rock on....

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