- Microcephaly. Her head circumference is just under the 2nd percentile for age. Although, it used to not even be on the chart, it was so small, so at least her head is still growing. (The microcephaly is secondary to the loss of brain mass from her prenatal stroke).
- Cerebral Palsy. Apparently this has been in her charts since October of '06, but no one told me. I suppose they thought someone else had, since it's an obvious diagnosis. It basically means "brain damage at or before birth." Well, at least it makes it easier. It's frustrating explaining the stroke situation and using the words "brain damaged." CP is something most people understand.
- Developmental Quotient (IQ for little kids) of 75-80; borderline mental handicap.
Really, all things I already knew. But seeing it in black and white, in clinical terms, is a bit upsetting, I have to admit. I cried about it some and then felt guilty. I know many people who have children who severely mentally and physically disabled who would be glad to have their children do so well. I trust God and I'm so very thankful He blessed us with her, but I don't want her to be made fun of because of the way she looks or acts. I have faith and confidence though, I suppose some worrying and fretting is normal.
In my own health news, I won't get too much into it, but I've always had awful periods (very heavy and painful) and then they started coming 17-21 days apart (even though I breastfeed exclusively for 6 months fertility still returns within 3 months of birth). So I said enough is enough and went to see the OB. She ran blood work and we talked a lot and she gave me the option between birth control pills and progesterone pills. I'm so tired of bleeding like a stuck pig every 3 weeks, so I went with the pills. I know the Church says HBC for health issues is okay, but of course I can't find any consistent message on whether or not intercourse is okay while I'm on it (which hasn'tbeen an issue yet, but will be soon, I'm sure). I need to take it for 6 months to try and get my hormones regulated, at which point I'm hoping to go off it and have my periods remain normal. My mother had similar issues and got to the point that she was bleeding heavily for months at a time and even DepoProvera wouldn't stop it, so she had to have a hysterectomy. So, I'm hoping to get it under control now. My first period on the pill should be coming soon, so I'm hoping for some immediate relief!