Well, Ibrahim is almost 3 months old. I don’t know where the time has gone. Seriously, I feel like it’s only been a couple weeks. I apologize for not writing more often…but – you know…I have a new baby and all.
It’s taken a bit of an adjustment to get used to having such a small baby again. More sleepless nights. Diaper changes 100 times a day (okay, maybe 10 or so, but it seems like so much more!). Breastfeeding hunger….it’s amazing how hungry you are when breastfeeding!
Well-baby (or healthy baby) visits are another thing I’m not used to. In fact, I’ve never taken any of my other kids to a well baby visit at the paediatrician. Where I live, babies regularly see registered nurses when they get their immunizations – so I had left it at that. When Ibrahim was born, I decided to “register” him with the paediatrician associated with my OB’s office. Apparently it’s the thing to have a visit with him not long after each immunization.
So – we go in for his 2 month visit. Doctor weighs and measures him. Asks about his eating, sleeping, and pooping habits and then does a check of his eyes, nose, ears, hips, tummy, etc.
Then he sat him up and started examining his head. He kept going from his soft spot and then to the sides of his head. Rubbing, gently poking, feeling around.
And he was quiet. I could almost see the wheels in his head turning and I knew that there was a problem.
“Did the nurses at the immunization clinic say anything about his head shape?” he asks me.
He feels around his head again, makes notes, feels some more, makes more notes, feels again. Then he pulls out an x-ray requisition form. He says, “I’m concerned that his skull is fusing too quickly and would like to send him for xrays.”
I ask him what that means. He says, “I don’t want to worry you,” (too late), “let’s talk about that after we get the xrays back.”
I leave his office with a nagging worry in the back of my mind. So I did what any mother would do – I Googled.
What I found was Craniosynostosis. This jived with what he’d written on the xray form. I Googled images, so I got terrifying pictures of what happens if you don’t do anything and the skull continues to grow. It was alarming. Then I Googled treatment for it – and that was just as horrifying. I was a nervous wreck as I waited on xrays. Once that was done, I impatiently waited for the results to be sent to the doctor and his ultimate diagnosis. Since my xrays were done on a Friday – the doctor wouldn’t see them until Monday at earliest. What a horrible weekend.
Anyhow – his results were normal. No issues at all. Thank God. I just wanted to let you all know what the “growth” was that doctor was concerned about and most of all – to thank everyone for their prayers and concern.