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Frustrating Doctors AppointmentArticle posted on Tuesday, December, 14th, 2010 at 9:04 am
We had a very frustrating Doctors appointment last week. Not because of the doctor or the visit – But because of the news we heard. I’m trying to stay focused on the positive and things that we can control. (But I did take one full day to just have a pity party.)
Neely is starting to struggle with weight gain. And while this seems like such a small problem compared to the things that we could be facing, it still makes me worry. She had gained 7 pounds since out last visit (Just 6 months ago). You’ll just have to trust me when I say – We live a healthy life-style, and Neely is a healthy eater. She doesn’t think twice about snacking on raw carrot sticks. So we have to look at the possibility of other things that could be causing the weight gain.
It could be a metabolic or thyroid issue. (And of course we still have to work hard to rule out diet and exercise as a culprit)….so this is where we stand.
We will have a check up in January and Neely will be tested to check for any metabolic or thyroid issues. And in the meantime, I am keeping a food journal and an activity record to show her doctor at that appointment. (It is a bit difficult to keep an activity record for a very active 4 year old. I’m not sure how to track jumping up and down while asking a million questions
When we were at Roger C Peace, one of the Doctors told us that if there was damage to her brain from ADEM trauma, it would likely start to show when Neely hit the age 4/5 stage of growth and development. That Stage is the second of 3 major brain development stages that all children have. The third is during the teen-age years. (I realize that it is all a guess, and no one can no for sure) But that conversation at Roger C Peace is constantly in the back of my mind, and the fact that Neely’s 4th Birthday was just a couple of weeks ago didn’t help me to forget it.
I actually hope that I am wrong about her diet – and that the weight gain is a diet and exercise issue. Because that would eliminate my fear of her having any long term damage as a result of her condition. So we are staying focused on those things that we can control – and will be armed with records and questions when we arrive for that check-up.