Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ebbtide

I've been neglecting my blog. It's partly Facebook's fault. It's partly because of my part-time work obligations. It's partly because my blogroll is too big and I can't face it.

It's mostly because I'm living through a boring routine that I love, a routine about which can't think of anything new to say. Thumper and I spend our days doing the same things, day after day, week after week. How many times can I tell you that he's big, he's brilliant, we played, and I love him?

But my blog is a great way to keep some of my family involved with and informed about the boy. And after I spent some time catching up on my blogroll today, I remembered that I like reading blogs.

So, I don't know what else I can say. What I spend my days doing is raising the boy, enjoying him, and sometimes getting annoyed and yelling. I don't know that I have anything interesting to say about that. I guess after two years, I'm at that point in my job where I feel like I've got a good handle on what I'm doing. There's not much more to learn, not that much anxiety or discovery. Don't get me wrong; he is constantly changing, but the change itself is now part of the routine.

So, anyway. Sorry I haven't been writing much. Or reading or commenting much. I'm happy, and bored, and boring, and happy.

Oh, but we did go to the doctor today for his 2-year checkup. He's big. He's brilliant. I was mildly chastised for not following the doctor's 18-month suggestions about physical therapy to stretch out the boy's achilles tendons since he likes to walk around on his toes a lot. Is that a thing? Really? Should I be concerned? He can walk flat-footed; he just chooses not to. But the doctor was vaguely annoyed with me and mentioned the possibility of the necessity of laser surgery down the road to correct tight tendon problems. Seriously? Is this a thing, or do I have a pediatrician that's in the pocket of the physical therapy industry?

3 comments:

She Said said...

I don't know the answer, but I hope you share what you find out. Braedyn has feet that pronate, and I was supposed to get him shoes with strong arch support. Do you know how hard it is to find shoes for a kid with ANY arch support? That was almost two years ago, and I'm nervous for his "wellness" visit this year. I'm probably going to get the stink eye from my pediatrician.

livinginagirlsworld said...

Rodius, I'll summarize from Twitter here. My oldest has always toe-walked. Always. I actually freaked out a little when she was about 18 months old because, as a medical transcriptionist working on a peds account at the time, I typed a surgical report for a bilateral Achilles tendon lengthening procedure on a 10yo. I just couldn't imagine having to put my one and only (at the time) though that kind of medical torture. So I asked about it at her next appointment. I have been reassured that as long as the flexibility and range of motion still exists, you are fine. It's when/if he starts losing range of motion that you have to worry. There was a point where I could barely get one of her feet into a 90-degree angle. We stretched her feet a lot during this time, usually after bath when she was all cozy and warm and relaxed. I think YOU could do the physical therapy of stretching the Achilles without having to pay for it. And, over time, with doing gymnastics (or other sports that require running or jumping or stretching of that part of the leg) she has better range of motion than ever before. And that is my 2 cents.

I, Rodius said...

Thanks for the info! I'd never heard of pronation. I tried stretching his foot up towards his shin and didn't get much past 90 degrees. I guess we'll look into it.

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