Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Keeping the Doctors in Business (Smile)

Ben wasn't too happy as they placed a hospital ID bracelet on his ankle.  He pulled on it for hours as we maneuvered the hospital.

We have a wonderful International Adoption Pediatrician that we take our children to upon arriving home.  Today was Ben's day....


 
He was amazing...really.  For two hours he played with his fidget (a headband) as the doctor listened, examined, shared, and directed.  It wasn't until the end that he had enough.


Though many doctor's visits lay ahead, Ben has already made great strides.

He is about where we thought developmentally.  Right now his speech and fine motor skills are around that of a two year old.  Now we do think that his fine motor is most likely better, but he can't show the doctor because...well, he kinda throws everything (smile). 

Due to his past, he doesn't know how to play with toys...has no urge.  It's a concept that is just not in his head yet.  So showing any of us how he can stack blocks or put Cheerios in a small container....he just doesn't see the point.  Though he did try to eat the Cheerios.

In all other categories, Ben tested at about three years old. Yes, he will be ten in less than a month, but I'm guessing he wouldn't have tested at three even a few weeks ago.   "Mr. Awesome" amazes us how far he's come in such a little time!


Our first step after seeing the doctor? He had to have blood drawn...a lot of blood drawn.  Ya, not fun.  We had one very tired little boy...eyes bloodshot...periodic crying at this point (he doesn't usually cry). 

We not only had the "normal" tests, but tests to see if the drugs have damaged his system...his kidneys...liver.  There are no outward signs, but after what we have seen...the tests are necessary.

Anna was an AMAZING helper today!  I could not have juggled everything
without her priceless help.

We also have referral to just a few doctors (ok, a touch of sarcasm)...a pediatric cardiologist, ENT, geneticist, orthopedic specialist, nutritionist, and dentist (with OT, PT, and Speech therapy, and a few others waiting in the wings).

Thank you for your continued prayers.  We have a long road ahead and though things are not easy,  they are very blessed.

Please continue to pray....

*For Ben's healing.  God knows the ways Ben needs to heal and fissures in Ben needing to be filled.
 
*For ALL aggression Ben occasionally shows to be gone at home or in public.  It is greatly diminished, but we appreciate the prayers. 

*For our family, protection again satan's schemes physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

*For Ben's teeth to be taken care of quickly and by the hospital we hope for (in order for all costs to be covered and for it to be by the BEST doctors).  He has to be accepted to this specific hospital.  It is orthopedic and he has to be initially accepted on an orthopedic basis and THEN accepted for their dental program. 

*For me to be able to successfully do what I need to for home school, and college for next year...as well as for the extensive lists of "have tos" that I can't delegate.

*That an unnamed need is met.  It's necessary, but we can't figure out how to do it.

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"About Benjamin He said: 'Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.' Deuteronomy 33:12


1 comment:

In the joy of following our Heavenly Father, we sometimes choose to proceed with a whisper, a verse, or a downright shove...no matter how we follow Him, the momentum that follows is like nothing we've ever experienced before.

Join the momentum...it is a beautiful place to be. It's not always easy, but then the best things never are.

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