Wednesday, April 8, 2009

6 Pricks and 6 Band-Aids Later...

Johnathan had his 1 year check-up today, and our big boy is up to 20 pounds, 1 oz & is 29 1/2 inches tall! He's right on track, and his doctor (who we love!) was very happy with how he is developing.

I asked Dr. Cortes about 1) the lead paint issue that we have, and 2) about the possible allergy that Johnathan has to milk/dairy. He wasn't too concerned about the lead paint since we're in the process of enclosing it, but he did say that Johnathan would be getting his blood levels tested, just as a precaution, and said that we'd go from there. He was concerned with the possible allergies however, and ordered labs to be taken to test what Johnathan might be allergic to. After getting 3 shots---and only crying when they were administered---we headed over to the lab to have Johnathan's blood drawn.

The only blood I have seen drawn on a baby is where they prick their finger/foot, and then bleed it into a small vial to be tested...so I thought that's what was going to happen. And, well, it did, sort of. For the lead levels the phlebotomist did the finger prick. Johnathan didn't cry or even wince! I was so proud of him! Then, to get enough blood for the allergy test she had to take a "regular" blood sample from the crook of his arm...she put a tiny rubber band on his arm to make his vein bulge, and then stuck in the rather large looking needle. Johnathan did NOT like this, and screamed and jerked and looked so scared. He was moving so much that the lady could not get a good sample out of his arm, and so she had to take the needle out so she could start over again on the other arm. For the second try she strapped Johnathan onto what Aaron calls the "mummy board"...a contraption to keep babies from wiggling. Only his poor little head and arm were sticking out, and he looked like a frightened little thing just laying there. I wanted to cry! The second time was fairly quick, but I had to help hold Johnathan's arm flat so that she could get the sample...oh, why did "Mr. Fun" have to be home sleeping while I had to restrain my sweet little hurting boy?!!!

Monkey conked out on the way home, and when he woke up he didn't seem any the worse for wear despite being stuck 6 times at his doctor's visit. I guess he is a tough little guy after all! I will call Johnathan's doctor Friday afternoon, and his test results should be in by then. We'll see what the next steps need to be regarding the paint and the allergies. Hopefully the remedy will be easy for both!

I'll leave you with this video of my little brown bear that I took a few days ago. Don't you love his precious little growling?!!! So cute! (Thanks, Alison, for helping me with the video!!!)

2 comments:

Amy said...

Poor little Monkey!

Alison said...

Aww..that makes me sad just thinking about it! Must have been really hard for you to do that!

As for the video, you've got two options.

1. If it's saved to your computer like your pictures are, then you do it the same way that you upload pictures to the blog. There's a small link to the right of the one where you add pictures that looks like a movie strip. Click that and follow the directions. It takes quite awhile to upload one (sometimes 5 minutes), so be patient. You can see progress at the bottom of the post. When both the upload message and the processing video message disappear, you're good to publish your post.

2. If you want to do a you-tube video, just go to the video on you-tube and look to the right of the screen where it has your picture and name. You have two lines under that...URL and Embed. Copy the Embed code and paste it in your regular post as is. Just skip a space in between the last paragraph and the code and it'll show up as a video when you preview it.

Hope that helps!