Friday was doctor day at our house.
First up... Tyler (20 months old).
A few months ago hubby found a lump on Tyler's leg. It is located approximately 3" above his knee, in the middle of his thigh, and was about the size of a pencil eraser. It seems to coming through the muscle. A few times, as I was feeling it, it almost felt like I pushed it back through the muscle. There was days when I didn't feel it at all. When we first found it we decided to take a "wait and see" approach. We waited so long that we forgot about it. On Friday, as I was getting Tyler into his high chair, the lump was obvious. It has gotten bigger.
Off to the doc Friday morning who felt it was not in a spot that would be indicative of anything scary. When he felt it, he said that it was not elongated. But, there was a few times when I had felt it that it did seem oval. I wasn't sure if I was feeling the muscle or the lump, but at times they seemed to be one piece. Doc chose to play it safe and send us to a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. The soonest they could get us in was at the end of Feb.
Next up... Paige.
After Paige got out of school we headed back to the doc. We talked to him about her dilated eyes and how her fatigued has returned. He felt that her eye issue was due to the Zoloft. He says that he is seeing it more and more in adults. He does not agree with kids being on Zoloft (he's not a pediatrician) but we have no choice. Paige's anxiety disorder and OCD is too severe at this point. But, since we've seen this before (eyes, fatigue, dizziness, palpitations, etc) he suggested seeing her neuro. Seeing the neuro is what we had wanted to do but getting an appointment in less than 4 months is impossible. Doc told us that he would call him personally and see if he can speed up the process.
We also talked to him about the recent info coming out about SSRI's and bone loss.
Although I realize that the studies only discuss older adults, and do not mention pediatric patients, the results still have me concerned. Preemies, especially those born before 30 weeks, are at higher risk for osteopenia.
Since Paige was born at 25.5 weeks, had TPN, many doses of various steroids, diuretics, etc., I asked the doc if it would be worth it to do a bone density test. Since he hadn't heard about the correlation between SSRI's and bone loss he said that he would see what he could find and then send us for the test.
With all of the talk about Münchhausen's, and with our past experience (not with this doc), I decided to have my mother in law come with me to both appointments. It was comforting having her there and a huge help. When it came to Paige's appointment, she let the doc know that she was the one who was very concerned about Paige's eyes. She had a great suggestion to bring pictures of Paige, with other children, to show how different her eyes are compared to the other kids. It's sad that I had to use energy to worry about what other people may be thinking, but I sure am glad that she is so supportive!
Now we wait.