Wednesday, I came down with the flu or swine flu or just a wicked cold that kept me in bed for a couple of days and I was worried that we wouldn't be able to go to our appointments on Friday. Luckily, by Thursday afternoon the fever was gone and I was feeling much better. They said it would be fine if we came in and I might just have to mask up. Half of our appointments however, were cancelled due to sickness on their end. So we started the day off with a greeting from Donna (the clinical nurse for the Down Syndrome Clinic) and we weighed Ella and took her measurements. She is now at 13 lbs 9 oz and 65 cm which puts her in the 75th percentile for both height and weight. Way to go Ella! We then met with Dr. Prince, our developmental Pediatrician. Not much to report and let's try to keep it that way. Ella is beautiful and healthy and he had no concerns. Our next appointment was with the Social Worker. She is there to keep us informed about programs and services available to us and to advocate on our behalf for anything we might need. We have tried to be fairly proactive with Ella's programming and have made an effort to make it out to the Down Syndrome Clinic drop ins and Ups and Downs coffee mornings. I have also made initial calls to other programs and inquired into much of the financial aid available, so needless to say, this was a short visit as well. Our final appointment was with the Dietician. Because Ella is breastfed, this meeting, too, was quite brief.
We were unable to see audiology and hopefully will have an appointment for that on November 27th along with our Physio therapist (who was also sick) and Occupational and Speech therapists (these positions are currently vacant and they are waiting to be posted and filled- this is dependant on the Alberta Health Services).
Thank you to all of you for your prayers and when it isn't such a sunny day, I will tell you a little bit more about what's been going on in our lives.[gallery]