Our CHOP visit on Thursday entailed a visit with JR's radiation oncologist, followed by an appointment with his ophthalmologist. It was a looong 5 hour morning, but going out to lunch on a mommy-son date in between perked us up. I'm loving age two! It is so much fun being able to do more and more with JR as he gets older. Not to mention, I think he gets more adorable with every passing week, ifIdosaysomyself. JR was a total ham at his radiation-onco appointment. Having spent 28 4+ hour mornings at the proton radiation center for JR's radiation treatments at the end of 2013, we grew quite close to the nurses there, and they to us. They adore John Ryan and he was in full flirt mode during our visit. Happy to give out hugs and "nose-kisses", letting the nurses carry him and snuggle him, showing them where baby is (and attempting to lift up my shirt to REALLY show them), ETC. He was the star of the show. The appointment itself was fairly informal. I answered lots of questions, the doc said he looked great, and his eye looked as he'd expect it to look. We reviewed potential concerns (dryness, susceptibility to infection, expected cataract development). Then the doc said he'd see us in a year, woo hoo! It's a very good thing to need no more than annual visits with your radiation-oncologist. Let's keep it that way!
Ophthalmology visits, on the other hand, are more frequent affairs. JR sees his eye doctor every two months. By the time of this appointment yesterday afternoon, JR was no longer at his best. The clinic was a complete zoo (standing room only, but my pregnant belly scored me a seat -thank you kind sir-), with a good 45-minute delay....right at nap time. Ophthalmology appointments aren't any fun for JR. The worst part of the appointment entails stingy drops to dilate his eyes, then, 20 minutes later, putting JR in a pretty hard-core hold while the doc pries open his eye to get a good look with his special devices. Since all there is in an ophthal. exam room is an exam chair, this has to go down on my lap. At 6 months pregnant, my belly takes up half of it when seated. So, I have JR sprawled across what's left of my thighs, screaming and fighting, holding his legs with my left arm and, head cradled and stabilized in the nook of my right arm, holding his right arm with my right hand, and left arm tucked up under my right bicep. Um, next time I will remove my sweater prior to this operation. We were a sweaty and slobbery mess by the time it was through. And very ready to GO. The good news is the ophthalmologist said the back of JR's eye looks "pristine". Excellent adjective, and definitely lifted my mood.
Phew, hospital days are exhausting. We both napped when we got home. My greatest pregnancy-related struggle has been insomnia, which hit at about 24 weeks and has not let up. I have no trouble falling asleep, since I'm so extremely tired by 9pm, but I wake up repeatedly through the night, and most nights am awake for a 1-2 hour stretch. Then I wake between 5:30 and 6am for the day. I try hard to make it through the day without napping at JR's nap time, but yesterday was definitely an exception! I'm more than a bit worried by the idea of 3 more months of pregnancy insomnia, followed by the birth of a baby and 3-6 months more of poor sleep....eek! Hello, my name is: Zombie-mama.
Next week both of my babies have scans, oh my crazy life! ;) Beginning with my mid-way ultrasound at 22 weeks, I am to have a "targeted" (high level) ultrasound for the remainder of my pregnancy, every four-six weeks. Everything looked completely normal at 22 weeks, but the docs want to follow this baby's development carefully. On one hand, I feel saddened that the extra precautions are necessary. But, on the other hand, it's very reassuring to get a good report, not to mention the complete joy of watching my baby wiggle about for 45 minutes!
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