Maria had her 2-year well check this morning. Her eyes are still looking bad (swollen and goopy). Today she saw her regular pediatrician who said it’s not an infection it’s allergies. *BUT* we should still treat it as though it’s an infection as well. So she’s getting eyedrops for an infection, eyedrops for allergies, Claritin, and occasional Tylenol since her eyes are clearly very painful. She’s normally such a drug-free child it’s a little strange to be dumping this many chemicals into her.
This eye problem has persisted long enough that it is time to get her to an eye doctor. By coincidence she has an appointment next Thursday with a new ophthalmologist who is doing a study on kids with both cortical vision impairment and auditory neuropathy, so we can ask him about this allergy/infection/whatever.
The pediatrician is concerned that Maria hasn’t shown any increase in weight or length in months. She said we need to try feeding her more. We are a little skeptical because she seems quite happy with the portions she’s been getting, but we also realize it’s the same amount she’s been getting since she started on solid foods. So we’ll try and see what happens.
We asked about the possibility of her adenoids being swollen. She has seemed to have trouble breathing through her nose for months now. There is no way to look at her adenoids (short of radiology) but the doctor said her tonsils are fine and it’s very rare for adenoids to be swollen if tonsils are fine. She also said that her breathing would be much louder if she was having adenoid trouble. She says this kind of thing is common in low-tone kids. Everything sags and the nasal passages get constricted. As she starts to move around more it should go away.
Cathy asked yet again about that chronic skin “thing” Maria has. She has all these little bumps on her arms and legs that get better and worse from day to day. She’s asked about it before and no one’s been concerned, but it’s still a little troubling. The pediatrician said it was…something that I can’t remember the name of. The hair follicles get blocked or inflamed or something. It’s not a disease, just an irritation, and a lot of people have it. It’s worse in Maria because she’s such a furry little monkey.
I should have a new batch of pictures up over the weekend.