I thank everyone for all of the wonderful words, questions, and thoughts sent our way. I received many inquiries as to the outcome of my son’s doctor visit. I wanted to let you all know how things went.
My son sees his doctor about every 18 months now. It becomes less and less as he gets older. There is some concern with the narrowing of the spinal canal. This is called Cervical stenosis. An MRI will determine the extent of this and it will be monitored. The doctor was not terribly concerned about the tightness around his spinal cord at this point. Our big worry would be if that increased in the future. Then surgery would be involved. He has had intermittent pain for several years, so we will make sure he exercises to keep his joints stable so they may support his body. He will have further restrictions so he doesn’t have a serious injury. This is normal for many Achons. No football, dodge ball, roller coaster rides or things of that sort which could jostle him around or get him a nasty blow to the head because he is at an increased risk for severe injury or death.
The discrepancy of the length of his legs has increased. One leg is growing a bit faster than the other, and they will not even out. He will wear an insert in one shoe for this and that will also continue to be monitored to make sure surgery isn’t needed. One leg is bowed, but the bowing has not increased significantly since his last visit. That is good news.
The joints in his fingers and wrists are not operating well, they are unstable. He will use a laptop or tablet for school rather than a pencil and paper. Simple adjustments will be made around the house to make it easier for him at home. He has requested a touch keyboard to continue piano lessons. This is something he enjoys doing, so I am happy to make that adaptation for him. Being able to use a keyboard rather than a full size piano will allow him to become better at what he wants to do. Typing instead of writing will allow him to keep up at school and remain an honor student. Adapting is the way we have always done things. Finding the most efficient way of doing what you want to or need to do is the key to a successful life for anyone.
There were other findings which are less worrisome. Everything in his exam were things to be expected with his type of dwarfism. It is to what degree that is important. The doctor also looks for anything unusual or anything which may be rare, but possible. There was nothing like that.
I posted the story of the time before his birth first because, in comparison, these findings are not to bad. Yes he has pain, and there are some things we need to keep an eye on, but he is pretty healthy and perfectly normal for an boy with Achondroplasia.
His piano teacher asked if he would have to stop piano lessons. No. That is just not the way we roll. We adapt. All LPs adapt to the world because the world will not adapt to them. Personally, I am always a little nervous before an appointment. I am grateful once again for his health. I am grateful that I have him in my life.
If any one has any questions, you know I am always happy to answer them! I am not shy about this at all and there really are no sensitive subjects when it comes to helping people become aware of people of short stature. It is important for me to educate people so they realize he and others like him are just like any one else. He just does things differently and is a lot shorter.
Thanks for the love!