Friday, January 28, 2011

Back To The Orthotist We Go

I was hoping I had the toe strap on too tight. Nope. The angle is off and needs to be adjusted, again.

So it is back to the orthotist again. And yet another absence from school.

One of these days this thing will fit...and then he will have a growth spurt and need a new one. Isn't that the way it is supposed to go?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Good news at the doctor's appointment yesterday. Yes his tonsils are swollen, but no signs of a bacterial infection. Looks like he is just fighting your every day virus.

She gave us yet another idea to help him out. NeilMed (Yes, Jenn, this is the pediatric version of the NetiPot) Tried it last night and his nose was clear. The best news, still clear this morning. Yay!

Also started him on Vit D. The doctor was saying that a huge percentage of the population (especially in the northern latitudes) are Vit D deficient. New studies are showing that to get your allotted Vit D from sun, you need to spend 20 min in the sun with a UV index of 7 or higher...naked. I asked Matthew if he was interested in doing recess naked from now on. No go. So I bought some Vit D as well. Did a bit of research and a lack in Vit D can cause low energy and fatigue, and lowered immunity. Maybe that is why he keeps getting sick. Can't hurt.

And the bad news. The toe strap hurts. I am hoping that maybe it was just on to tight yesterday. If not, then it is back to the orthotist we go...again. That will make 3 times in less then 2 weeks. One day this AFO will fit day.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sick - Again

Matthew is sick. Again.

Back in October, Matthew started coughing. Tried all the things we usually do for a cough. Finally took him in before our trip, worried it would get worse while away. Everything seemed great, just a pesky cough and nasal congestion.

In November, he was still coughing after we returned. Took him in again. Was told to up his flovent and Ventolin. Didn't work.

In December, took him in again. He was tested for strep, told that maybe a nasal spray would help by clearing is nasal congestion, hence the cough. Tried Hydrasense. Didn't work.

Took him back to the doctor a few weeks ago. This time, tried 2 weeks of antibiotics and a steroid nasal spray. Finally, the cough cleared. The congestion did not.

And yesterday, he said his tongue was sore. I took a look. His tonsils are swollen.

Back to the doctor we go. I'm at a loss as to why he is so sick these past few months.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hi Ho, Hi Ho

It's off to the orthotist I go...again.

When we were in St. Louis last month, they decided to add a toe strap to try and stop Matthew's toes from drifting over. Simple concept, should work.

Problem is, the strap keeps slipping to this position.

Then his toe peaks out and the strap is useless. Went to the orthotist last week to try to add some velcro to see if we could hold the toe strap in better position, as well as adding more padding to stop his ankle from getting blisters.

Didn't work.

Back to the orthotist I go. This is what we are trying now.

Hoping this does the trick.