On Thursday,Â our son had a check-up with his developmental – behavioral doctor in Cleveland. He’s made a lot of progress but we have a few issues that we need to keep an eye on. The key issue is the fact that his growth seems to have slowed to an almost complete stop. If we don’t see an growth before his next appointment with her in a year, she will be referring us to an endocrinologist for tests. Our family doctor is already aware of this and has run bloodwork to check his thyroid and testerone levels, among other things. So cross your fingers and say a prayer that he hits a growth spurt, please!
Another issue of concern is that he isn’t sleeping well. She said this is rather common for kids with ADHD and ASD, but she said to bump up the dose of melatonin to 6 mg. each evening.Â If we don’t see any improvement,Â she said she would refer us to a psychologist in the sleep lab.
She gave us a list of things that she wants his school to put into place to help him with his dyslexia and dysgraphia. Thankfully,Â he has the most amazing support team at his school and I know they will do everything they can to help him. They have been such a blessing in our lives.
His doctor said we are doing a great job providing Cody with as many services as possible.Â That really made me feel good because we are running constantly and it really does help. He gets personal counseling, group counseling to help with learning social skills, occupational and speech therapy and sees an amazing psychiatrist too.
On Friday, I was finally seen by an orthopedic doctor about my knee. I had injured it about 6 years ago and the darn thing decided to rear its ugly head last fall and has been getting worse progressively.Â It’s not as bad as I feared, but it’s not great either. Apparently, I have some minor arthritis in the interior side and also in the kneecap. Doc believes I have some cartilage chips floating in the joint causing the popping, locking and pain.
I have tried many natural remedies and nothing has really helped substantially.Â I am firm believer in using the natural gifts that God has provided us, but I also recognize there are times when we need modern medicine.
So after much discussion,Â we agreed to the following treatment.Â I received an injection in the joint to try to calm it down. He also prescribed an anti-inflammatory to use for 3 months. If I don’t see improvement by my next appointment in 3 months, he is going to do an mri and we will talk about arthroscopic surgery.
I am relieved it’s not so bad that knee replacement is on the board as an option, but I have a long road ahead of me.
I am extremely grateful for the professionals that we see for our journeys. Please understand that when I recommend natural remedies on my blog, they are wonderful for alleviating many issues. However, modern medicine plays an important role any time you are dealing with a life-threatening or lifestyle-altering illness or injury.
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