Reader Beware -- You may just die from cuteness overload!
During Anna's first week of school, they did spring school pictures. I was unaware, otherwise I would have chosen a cute little dress and maybe thrown some bows in her hair. But if you ask me, they turned out pretty darn cute anyway =)
Well, this year we made it all the way until April before we met our health insurance deductible. That is a great improvement over last year when we hit it before the end of February!
We were fortunate to have a healthy winter (i.e. no hospital stays). But new orthotics, a trip to the ER for a busted open chin and 6 stitches (Charlie), and new glasses have helped put us over the top.
Medical expenses have become the norm the past couple of years. I am just thankful that God has provided my husband with a good job that has pretty great benefits.
So, now we are adding a new specialist to our repertoire -- Pediatric Endocrinologist. Anna's 3-yr. bloodwork showed increased levels of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) indicating Hypothyroidism, a condition common in individuals with Down syndrome. The increased levels and Anna's heft (35 inches, 34 lbs - she's a beast and completely off the Ds growth charts!) prompted our pediatrician to refer us to an endocrinologist to determine if meds and/or diet modification are needed. -- Blech!
But, I will save my complaints because I know that in the big picture, this is such a non-issue. Because today I just read two blogs that made my heart soar and have me singing praises to God!
You may remember Sweet Ella Grace and Emily (on right sidebar)? I am so happy to report that Emily has finished her final round of chemo! We are praying that it is her final round Ever! And Sweet Ella - it was just about 1-yr ago that she was first diagnose with leukemia. She finished her chemo in December and has been in remission since!!
So, in comparison to leukemia and chemotherapy and having your child's life at stake, I will gladly (ok- not gladly, but quietly without complaint) deal with glasses and hypothyroidism. Someone please remind me of this when I am grumbling about having to take Anna to the Eye Dr., yet again, to have her glasses repaired. =)
What a big year Paige has had...she learned to ride her bike with no training wheels, learned to read, learned to ski. Now if we can just get her to learn how to be quiet for longer than 10 seconds =)
She is the life of the party and the ring leader of her friends. She is the fun sister, and the annoying sister. She is the ultimate cheerleader and the slowest eater you will ever meet. She is extremely determined -- which is both good and bad. And, she never ceases to entertain us with her spunk and spirit.
Anna Banana Pants is our third child who has a little something extra...an extra 21st chromosome. Having a child with Down syndrome is not the life sentence that many believe it to be. In fact, it is the probably the greatest blessing we have received as a family. This blog is about Anna, and our everyday family life.