Tuesday, October 20, 2009

18-Month Check-Up: Healthy!

Healthy! That is the report from the doctor! =)

Today I took Anna in for her 18-month check-up and shots. She is growing and is in all-round good health. Praise the Lord!

At her appointment Anna weighed in at 21 lb 6 oz which is in the 85th percentile on the special Down syndrome growth charts, and between the 5th and 10th percentile on the typical growth charts. Not much of a weight gain since her 15-month, or even her 12-month check-up, but she is still trending upward.

Anna has grown significantly taller, though. Her length today was 31.75 inches. This off the Down syndrome growth charts and in the 50th percentile on the typical growth charts.

Her head, though tiny, continues to grow as well. Up to 17.385 inches, up from 17.25 at our last appointment.

After a thorough examination of eyes, ears, throat, lungs, heart, belly and all other parts, the doctor pronounced her "Healthy!" We are not due back until Anna turns 2. And I pray that we have no need to see them again before then! =)

I especially pray that we do not have to see them for the H1N1 flu. I asked about the H1N1 vaccine. The doctor's comments to me were this: "The H1N1 poses no more threat than the normal flu to individuals in good health. Anna is in good health, and does not have asthma, or any other ongoing respiratory conditions, that would make me really concerned. But, Anna does have Down syndrome(read: low tone), a history of respiratory complications, and a small heart issue, that make the vaccine worth considering, if only for peace of mind. I, personally, would like to see a little more data on the vaccine. I am not getting the H1N1 vaccine for my son (20 mos) because he is in good health, but we did do the regular flu vaccine. If Anna does get the flu, however, we want to see her right away because we will want to monitor her a little more closely in case there are signs of complications or distress."

Well, that was helpful -- NOT! =) But, there is no decision to make today because they don't even have the vaccine to give if I decided to go with it. So for now, we are sitting tight.

And here is a picture of our beautiful, healthy, little girl...


  1. That's my girl...way to be healthy Anna

  2. Awesome! So glad to hear you are super healthy and growing well. Keep up the great work Anna.