Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Today we took Ellison for her six month follow up visit. We changed her to a new MD, which is also the same MD I use. It's nice that he is both an Internal Medicine doctor as well as a pediatrician...one stop shopping. We were able to get her visit in and get my blood draw during the same visit...very nice! The doctor said Ellison is doing well, he did say she was a little on the small side, 16th percentile for her height and weight and the 6th percentile for her head. I was a little concerned about her head size, but he said when babies are premature, they have to play catch up a little bit, he also said she may just have a little head. She is meeting all of her milestones. Her latest trick is sitting up by herself unsupported. Here comes the therapist side of me, so just bear with me. Ellison's trunk control is so good. She is able to sit up, and then reach for toys side to side as well as in front of her. Ellison can transfer her toy from hand to hand and hand eye coordination is improving as she is able to target to her mouth better. So, the fact that she is meeting her milestones makes me less concerned about her head size.
Ellison also did great with the shots, and only cried long enough for us to get the bottle to her mouth. She is a little fussy tonight, but expected because of the shots today. Ellison also celebrated an Easter again this Sunday with her Mema. Kam and I found the cutest little duck basket for her at Target, and Ellison just loves it. Ellison also got to play in the sand pile on Sunday for the first time. She loved trying to pick the sand up in handfuls and bring it to her mouth. The funny thing was, she was never able to get the sand to her mouth because it would slip out of her hands before she reacher her mouth.
In other great news, my student is gone! Can we say hallelujah! I am sure she is just as glad to be done as I am to have her gone. I know it's awful of me to say, but it was honestly 12 of the most trying weeks I have ever had since practicing Occupational Therapy. Anyhow, she is done and gone and work is getting back to normal. I just rotated onto the intensive care units and most of my patients are medicinally sedated/paralyzed and trached on the vent. I am doing a lot of passive range of motion right now, which makes for a boring day at times. There are other times when I am able to work with the higher functioning patients.
I am also glad to report that my month of conducting/sharing time is over. Gratefully I won't have to worry again for another 2 months! I am starting to worry that primary isn't much fun for the older kids and am trying to figure out how to engage the junior primary throughout all of primary. If any of you out there have any ideas, please let me know!
Kam is still plugging away at school. He will start studying for finals at the end of this month and finals will be during the first two weeks of May. We will be leaving for Utah shortly after Kam completes his finals for Ryan's wedding (my little brother). Kam and I are also thinking of taking a small trip during the summer somewhere in Mississippi, Alabama or Memphis, as well as a trip to visit Kam's parents in Washington D.C. That is all that is new our week. I hope all is going well with my many blogging buddies!