Monday, February 14, 2005

special services

Ethan has had a paediatrician and health nurse assessment over the last couple of weeks. He has grown a little with height and weight. He is tiny compared with other three year old boys, but more importantly he is still taller than Adele! (Not sure for how long, 0.3cm between them).

It has been decided that he needs a pretty intense year developmentally. Both the health nurse and paediatrician have referred us to Victoria Special Services. This service offers a range of specialties from speech pathology, physiotherapy, special kinder programs etc. We now have to wait for the assessment, this could take up to 6 months! The assessment itself is a couple of hours. In the meantime we were advised to pay for private speech therapy.

He needs to have his hearing tested again (As a package for special services). The earliest this can get done is in May. He had it tested on 3rd April, 2003 and it was good, so we can't imagine it being any worse than that! The recent ear infection has gone and his ear drum looks good.

His hair is growing back fast. We are still not sure of the colour. Sometimes it looks pretty blonde and fair and sometimes it looks ginger. It is pretty soft and fluffy unless I spike it with gel!

He is showing signs of toilet training. We have caught a couple of wees on the toilet. Pretty exciting for all involved.

I have a record of Ethan's hospital admissions. Here are some stats...
I'm not too sure how many days have been spent at the GP, health nurse, paediatrician, cardiologists, oncologists etc, but he has had 67 hospital admissions, a total of 280 days, 10 of those days have been spent in intensive care...and he has just turned 3!

HAPPY HEART KIDS DAY, I hope you have all bought some stickers for the cause!

I will post some photos later tonight for those who want to see a recent snap.
Cheers, Jo

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you have a busy time ahead as usual. It is so good to hear that Ethan is doing so well and progressing, even if a little slowly for his age. When you read his stats it is not at all surprising. Keep eating up Ethan so you can keep Adele as the little sister.
Regards to all, from The Maxfield's