Today was a DS Day. It’s what I call those days where Down syndrome is at the forefront of our lives. For the most part I can overlook the daily therapies, the delays, the lack of speech…those things are part of our every day reality. It’s the specialist appointments that get me. They’re a punch in the gut reminder that she’s not “a regular kid”
Fortunately, we don’t have to go too often. Today we had an appointment with a new endocrinologist. He’s mostly checking for thyroid function because kids with DS are susceptible to hypothyroidism. Interestingly, though it’s always gone hand in hand with DS, it’s only fairly recently that it’s being treated as the drugs have gotten better and more readily available. The results have been truly fascinating – not only are those patients able to better control their weight, they are also seeing more steady growth patterns and an increase in cognitive ability.
We are not particularly concerned with Frankie’s thyroid right now, but it’s important to check once or twice a year. We also did a CBC to make sure she’s as healthy as she can be – children with Down syndrome are also at greater risk of Leukemia. Again, not of particular concern for us right now but important to have regular checks.
Now we wait the nervewracking week for the results…the Wonder Woman bandaid helps.