Owen had his 15 month well visit today. Although, as you probably know if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, we rarely, if ever, have a “well” visit. Owen had a small temp last night and still hasn’t shaken his gunky cough/snotty nose leftover from his most recent bout of pneumonia and the subsequent ear infection that followed. That’s par for the course for us, so we went to our “well” visit anyway.
Doc said Owen’s chest is clear (good news), but his ear still has some fluid. It looks as though he hasn’t responded to the Amoxicillin this time around, so we’re going to move to the next level of antibiotics to see if we can kick this bug once and for all. Here’s hoping. Anyway, given the fact that he’s been under the weather, we opted not to do his immunizations and flu shot today. We’re going to go back in a few weeks and re-check the ear and do the shots then.
Height: 32″ (75%ile)
Weight: 24 lb 3.2 oz (44%ile)
Head circumference: 46 cm (18%ile)
*Side note: It’s funny to think how I used to live or die by those numbers. That’s a slight exaggeration, but in the very beginning when Owen was so tiny and having feeding problems I remember thinking that those percentiles meant everything. In those days his weight %iles were <5 and every ounce made a difference. Now I couldn’t care less. He’s happy, healthy (ummm, generally) and overall pretty much perfect. Except he has a kind of small head. Which I find adorable.
Speaking of him being generally healthy, I went into this appointment with a pretty long list of things to discuss with the doctor. The #1 thing on the list was if we need to begin to evaluate if Owen being sick all the time is indicative of a bigger problem than chronic boogers. Given the number of illnesses he has had in his short little life (and knowing how many children there are out there in the world who make it this far without really ever being sick), I had begun to
Immune disorder. Childhood cancer. Lung issues. Something weird I’ve never even heard of. The doctor and I have touched on the subject before, because it is something that has nagged me since the lovely triumvirate of pneumonia, asthma and eczema hit when Owen was about 7 or 8 months old. Since then, we haven’t had more than a few consecutive weeks of wellness at a time. So I took and deep breath and broached the subject. The doctor (thankfully) took my request seriously and looked hard back at Owen’s chart. He counted illnesses and looked at treatments and how Owen responded to each one. Then he turned to me and said, “Honestly, there’s nothing here that indicates a bigger problem. Owen is thriving. He’s growing and learning. He’s very advanced in motor skills and language. He’s charming and has a lot of personality. He has low-grade asthma and tends to get sick often — but I really think that’s it.”
I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I trust him. My Mom brain was just over-reacting. Don’t get me wrong — I am going to store this little nagging feeling away, and if these illnesses continue without letting up, I’m going to push harder for an immune workup or to go see a pulmonologist or ENT. But for now, I’m going to listen to our doctor and let Owen’s body do what it needs to do. Hey, by the time he hits preschool, he’s never going to be out sick! He’ll be practically bionic at this rate.
The doctor did mention that Owen has had a high number of ear infections and is getting close to the time when he would recommend ear tubes. So we may investigate that depending on how they look in a few weeks when we go back for our checkup. But, overall, I am relieved.