The boys had their six month/two year well checks scheduled for yesterday morning. And everything was great! Other than the pink eye (W). And the double ear infection (R). And the ENT referral (R). And the yeasty diaper rash (W). Oh, and let's not forget the speech/occupational therapy referrals (W).
You know, you think you're doing an ok job of keeping your kids alive, and one trip to the doctor proves you wrong. The boys are growing pretty well - R's percentiles are all in the 60s, W's range from the low 70s to the low 90s - but there are apparently some developmental-type issues.
R got the ENT referral because he's on his third set of ear infections in his short little life, and the doc was concerned that constantly having fluid in there will affect (effect? Man, I hate that particular grammar point) his hearing/speech. We also have to get him in for his eye exam through InfantSee. Given that W was pretty much condemned to glasses at his six-month eye exam, I'm not hopeful for R.
As far as W goes, I laughed in the doctor's face when she asked me if I wanted to do the autism screening survey for my running-in-circles, climbing-on-everything, incessantly-chattering, flirting-with-nurses two-year-old. I think she agreed with that choice. Though I do have the paperwork in my purse, and I'll probably fill it out and send it back just so W's medical file doesn't make me look like a bad mom. As the doc and I were chatting about W's eating habits, she decided that sending W to a speech therapist to work on him with some of the texture issues we think he has might be a good idea. I mean, a growing kid can only survive on pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, milk, cereal, applesauce, and the occasional serving of corn or peas for so long, right? She also thought a language screening would be a good idea, as he's not super good at communicating verbally. He definitely gets his point across using some words, pointing, grunts, etc., and babbles constantly, but I feel like he's probably behind as far as using real words goes. We also got to talking about some potential sensory issues he might have, hence the OT referral. Gah.
At least we've got free health care the rest of the year.*
I also learned today that yeast infection cream and athlete's foot cream are the same thing. And athlete's foot cream is cheaper. So that's what W got for his diaper rash. I figured it was the appropriate choice, since you can also use it for jock itch, and jock itch is way more manly than a yeast infection. I figured B would appreciate my reasoning for going with the athlete's foot cream, but he was unimpressed.
*Thanks to the miracle of birthing a child. Yay for hitting all of our out-of-pocket maxes for the year!