Last week we had our annual (so glad to be able to go only once a year now!) visit to the Cleft Clinic for Fitz's checkup. I like to make the appointment early now that he's older because we don't have to see so many people and we can get in and out quicker. Well, we live about 45 minutes from Children's Hospital and apparently 8:00 am was not so smart for an appointment time. We left our house at 6:40 a.m. and got to the Cleft Clinic at 8:30!
I called on the way to tell them we would be late, and they were very gracious about it, thank goodness! They checked his ears first, and his right tube is out of his ear. The audiologist said as long as we aren't having an issue with it, she wouldn't worry about it right now. We can always make an appointment with the ENT if he starts having a problem and then get our FIFTH set of tubes. We are keeping our fingers crossed.
Next up is always speech. She had him say several words to check his lip placement and resonance, and then told us his speech is PERFECT. Did you hear that? My bilateral cleft lip and palate baby's speech is PERFECT at 5 years old. This can only be the work of our ultimate physician and healer, Jesus Christ. We give him ALL the glory!
Fitz passed the time waiting on Dr. Grant by writing sentences on the paper on the exam table:
I mean how big is he? Writing sentences??
Anyway, when Dr. Grant came in, Fitz showed him his sentences and Dr. Grant said, "You can write and read at 5 years old? When I was 5 years old I didn't know anything, I was an idiot." Fitz quickly said, "You said a bad word, Dr. Grant!!" Ha!
Dr. Grant got him to say a few words, open up and say "ahhhh" and then told us he looks great and he doesn't see any need for even the nasal repair surgery any time soon!! He said if it was bothering Fitz we could do it next summer, but there is no rush and he looks so good without it that there is no reason to schedule it yet unless it was bothering him. Another huge praise!
He asked if Fitz has said anything about being teased at school and then said, "Well he's so social, I'm sure he has no problem at all." I loved hearing that. I told him he hasn't mentioned anything to us about being teased. I know eventually some little jerk is going to make fun of his scars or his nose or something and I'm going to want to punch them, but for now, we will keep right on explaining that it was how God made him, and praying all is well. Fitz is very matter of fact about it if anyone ever asks, and I pray he always will be.
Before he left the room, Dr. Grant said, "Thank you so much for bringing him in! He is a delight!!" We agree :)
All in all it was a GREAT visit and we hope not to see any of them until this time next year!!
I had scheduled a pediatrician appointment for 9:45 on that same day since we were already in Birmingham and Fitz had started coughing and wheezing a little the day before...well we got there at 10:30, so I was stressed about that, but they were sweet about it, too. And thank goodness Tootsie was with us to help!
Fitz was really sweet the whole time and just kept writing and drawing, ha! We got a steroid and inhaler and then got out of there in time to eat a good lunch with Tootsie!
My only regret is that we didn't have time to enjoy all the pretty Christmas decorations at Children's since we were rushed! Otherwise, it was a great appointment!