Nice fancy title, huh? I’m really just calling it that to make it sound as though I intended to wait this long to do an update. In truth I’ve been meaning to do an update for a few weeks once I realized that I kind of left people hanging in regards to a few of James’ more potentially serious medical issues. Oops!
Joel and I took James in to Seattle Children’s on October 31st to see the endocrinologist. This is the same day that the kids and I hopped in the car to make the move to Eastern WA, so I hope that at least partially explains the lapse in updates (and Brenna fractured her arm the next day, but that’s a story for another time). It was nice to be able to take James in together since most of the appointments have been just me and James, and it’s helpful to have another adult there to remember all the medical jargon later on. For this visit I decided to take Children’s up on their offer of a free interpreter for James since we don’t know exactly how much he understands of what we’re saying, and I thought he might enjoy hearing his native language. Wrong! He kept his distance from the interpreter and refused to interact with her at all. He pretty much stayed on my lap as much as possible during the visit. I hope the interpreter wasn’t too offended, but I do know that she enjoyed the appointment despite James’ behavior because she has an uncle with Down syndrome and appreciated hearing the doctor’s explanations regarding DS and thyroid function. Anyway, on to the actual results of the appointment. The doctor, who looked younger than me, said that since his blood test results were only slightly elevated in the one area, she wanted to do another blood test that day, and if the results were still a little high, then we would take him in again in 4-6 months to check the hormone levels again. She called the next week to let us know that his results were now actually within the “normal” range, so she wanted him tested in 2 months, which would be now I guess. (I should get him back in there…) When she said this, I was really confused because I’m not sure why he would need to be tested again sooner for normal results than he would have for abnormal results, but I didn’t say a peep about that because my brain is slow to process things when I’m on the phone. I just sat there with a perplexed look on my face that she, of course, couldn’t see. So the good news is that he may still be within normal ranges, but we’ll have to wait for the next test for confirmation.
I forgot that before this appointment Joel had taken James in for his audiology exam. Once again he got inconclusive results, so we have to take him back in the next couple months. He passed in one ear but not the other. James either really likes living on the edge all the time, or he loves to visit the doctor.
Okay, on to the biggie… the heart! I was absolutely thrilled to discover that there is a Children’s clinic over here in Richland that offers cardiology services. I was expecting to have to drive a little over 3 hours for his heart appointments, but we got to drive 15 minutes instead. The visit at our regional Heart Center confirmed what the first echo showed. He does have heart defects, but his heart is functioning well enough that surgery is not required at this time. Praise the Lord that this little boy’s heart partially healed itself! James will be having an echo annually to ensure that it still functions well as he grows. I asked about any precautions we need to take with him regarding his heart defects, and there were none besides watching him to make sure he isn’t overexerting himself physically and making sure we are diligent with his dental hygiene.
Thanks to all of you who have kept this sweet little boy in your prayers! I apologize for not updating sooner since I know there are people that don’t know us “in real life” who have prayed for us and continued to follow James’ progress after the adoption process was over. I will write again soon with updates on life on this side of the mountains as well as James’ first Christmas and first trip to Disneyland. That may actually take a couple of posts because there’s a lot swirling around in my brain about all of that. We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and bring in the new year with joy!