Tuesday, April 8, 2008

moma's babies

Yesterday, Jonathan had a doctor's appointment for a 6 month check of his back. He has scoliosis, and now that he's entering adolescence, the period when his body goes through the most changes, his pediatrician wants to check him more often. He told us that Jonathan's case is moderate but that there has been no change. He did tell us though that Jonathan has a "sway back." He said he'd bet that when Jonathan reaches adulthood that he'll probably have lower back problems. I hope and pray that he's wrong.
During the same visit, I thought I would ask him about Matthew. Previously, when we were at Matthew's allergist's office, she examined him and talked with us about this "swollen place" that looked like a small goose egg on his forehead, just above his left eyebrow. On that particular day, it was so swollen that she could see it clear across the room. She did not know what it was, and since it is something that he's had since he was a baby, and since it seems to come and go, she said he'd probably need a CT to diagnose it. So at Jonathan's appointment, I brought this to the pediatrician's attention, and he told me it was a
Dermoid cyst. After speaking with him about it and coming home to research it on-line, I was a little upset. It's not an emergency situation, but since they usually grow, it will at some point probably have to be removed. Anyway....I realized that this was the third birth defect we had found. When he was a few months old, we found a lump on his back. An orthopedist told us this vertebrae had not fully formed. Upon examination, they found he was missing a rib also. So the doctor sent him for a variety of tests, an echo cardiogram, a renal ultrasound, etc....because these defects often occur in threes. Well, yesterday we found number 3. Poor little guy! I woke up thinking about the challenges he has faced in his almost 6 years. I also thought of the challenges Jonathan may yet face. I wouldn't call myself a worrier, but you know you want the best for your kids. While discussing this with my own mom, she said, "Welcome to motherhood!" There's always something you'll be "concerned" about. I guess she's right. My prayer is that God will keep his hand on their lives from now on. They're both my babies!

1 comment:

  1. Remember...God will never give you more than you can handle. And when you think it's all too much, lay your burdens down at His feet and He will help you carry them on.