Embry Update

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Embry Update
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Sun, 01-16-2011 - 1:09am

Well, if you follow me on facebook, I menitoned that Em had a NICU follow up sometime this week. This appointment wassupposed to be the second to last one she would have, but now it's looking like it's her last one. Which is good, even if we stillhave to drive down to Tacoma every 3 months to see the neurologist. =) The reason why Embry won't have her last follow-upappointment is because we got a referral to receive birth to 3 services for some speech and OT delays. According to thespeech Em's at about 13 months, which is a 5 month delay from where she "should" be and the OT said something about someof her fine motor skills and gross motor. I'm not overly concerned and I'm glad that we can get the help she needs.

I also took her for her 18th month check up with her ped. And she had to get shots, but now no more shots until she's 4! I feelbad for the nurse who gives her shots because it's the same man every time. =( And she also had her first visit to the dentistwhere she LOVED having her teeth polished. Poor girl had 3 doctors appointments within 7 days. Things with Embry are goingwell, lil turkey.

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Registered: 07-07-2008
Sun, 01-16-2011 - 1:38pm
I'm glad things are going well for her. I can't believe she's 18 months already. I remember you posting when you had her like it was last week. :) I hope things continue to get well for your family!
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Registered: 06-04-2007
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 3:08pm

I'm glad things are going well and that she'll be getting the help she needs for the speech and motor skills development. Personally, I feel like Toby could use a little help with speech (mostly because he's just not around anyone but me), but I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle in trying to get it for him. I keep getting told that I'm overly concerned. (It's not like I'm losing sleep over it, but I know that the earlier any issues are addressed, the better.) Oh well. Maybe getting him into some sort of play group or class will help (IF I can ever find one with an opening!).




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Registered: 08-20-2005
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 7:47pm
Yay for Embry loving the dentist... I hope it continues as she gets older! LOL
If you have any OT questions, send me a message on FB anytime!

Mel, I'm definitely not a SLP by any means, but if you feel like he's delayed then keep pushing it until somebody cooperates ;-) At the very least, someone should be willing to give you a prescription for an evaluation and then the therapist (who is the professional, not his doctor) can decide if he needs the services or not!
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Mon, 01-17-2011 - 9:25pm

The good news is that I'm, say, a quarter of an SLP, so at least I have a few tricks up my sleeve if I feel like there's a real problem. The bad news is that most of my clinical work was with school-aged kids, ages 3-8. That's a bit of a different ball game than an almost-two-year-old. Really, I'm not that worried about it because if there's a real delay at all, I don't think it's a big one. What irritates me is that the pediatrician seems to just brush me off and say "oh, he's normal" when I bring it up. I mean, I know he's technically in the normal development range, but come on.




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Mon, 01-17-2011 - 9:54pm

yeah, I remember you mentioning a bit of SLP background, which is why I said you should keep pushing it if you feel like there may be a delay. Everything you're saying makes sense though. When I was doing the NICU clinics (like what Embry has been going to) I was constantly seeing kids who had some delays in gross motor development because they had never even been around stairs, or fine motor delays because they'd gotten to the age where they were supposed to be able to take their socks off themselves, but it was summer and mom and dad never put socks on them... so it's not really that they're delays, it is just that the child hasn't been exposed yet. Being around other kids

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Registered: 10-13-2006
Fri, 01-21-2011 - 12:22am

I've already got the sent back the release between the place that will provide services and the hospital. So I'm not sure if they'll do another screening or just start her on services. Em's like Toby, has the comprehension, but doesn't use the words. Like I said before, I wasn't too concern but if they want to provide her then that's fine with me!

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Registered: 06-04-2007
Fri, 01-21-2011 - 7:50am

Can't hurt, right? I'd feel the same way.

Sidenote: Is everyone else inundated with condom ads on this board right now? Seems like a cruel joke for a board with so many women going through deployments! (I guess that's what we get for being under the "Love and Sex" umbrella...lol)




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Registered: 08-20-2005
Fri, 01-21-2011 - 9:44am
I don't know how it works within the system you are in, but usually they'll do an evaluation before they're treating her. For insurance to cover it, there has to be an evaluation, and a plan of care with goals that you're working towards. So my guess would be that the first time you go will be a full evaluation.
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Registered: 08-20-2005
Fri, 01-21-2011 - 9:45am
Mel, no condom ads for me. However, facebook taunts me with engagement ring ads CONSTANTLY ;-)
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Fri, 01-21-2011 - 1:07pm

Yay, I'm glad to hear that things are going so well!

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