Somehow Dev managed to get lost in the shuffle at Holland Bloorview and hasn’t been seen there in a very long time, but back in July we were seen by the doctor and we are now in the process of getting into a variety of clinics that the doctor referred Dev to.
We were seen already by the orthopedic surgeon who told us that Dev’s ball joint in his hip is in place and no surgery is needed there. Hooray. He also said that at this time he doesn’t recommend that Dev have surgery to lengthen the bones in his legs as well as to ease the tension in his tendons. Again, hooray!
The surgeon did stress that his not thinking Dev needs the surgery now does not mean he’ll never need it. It just means that he’ll reassess once Dev’s either stopped growing or if difficulties arise. The surgeon said that he was afraid that if we did the surgery now we’d probably have to do it again due to growth, better to leave it as long as possible.
The surgeon did refer Dev to the spasticity clinic, to see if the doctor there can help with the high tone in his legs, since Dev isn’t really able to straighten his legs comletely at this time. I’ve got the forms to fill out and put into the mail for that clinic.
Today I got a letter in the mail from the feeding clinic that informed me that an appointment had been made for Dev with a paediatrician, paediatric dentist, speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist in the feeding clinic. The appointment is at the end of January.
Yesterday I got forms from Dev’s speech-language therapist at the school that are referring Dev to the speech-language clinic at Holland Bloorview.
Dev also goes back to see the dentist in February.
And this is just the beginning, I’m sure. The doctor appointment in July was cut short because of a severe asthma attack Dev suffered as a result of coming from the hot, humid summer day into the cold, dry, AC air of the hospital. So Hubby and I never got to really sit and chat with the doctor about all the clinics we were hoping to get Dev connected with.
Looks like 2011 is going to be a busy year, medically for Dev. But since these medical reasons are good ones, ones that will hopefully benefit him and make his quality of life better, I’m not going to complain.