At Avery's appointment with Dr Brown a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned to him the fact that she's been getting bruises on the bottom of her back for...I don't know, a while. They're always there - the new ones appear to replace the ones that are just starting to fade. I don't know what they are. Anyway, it just so happened that the day we were there was the first day in a long time that there was only the faint shadow of a bruise, which is typical - as soon as you go to a doctor about something it goes away!
Anyway, this morning he called me out of the blue and said "Laura and I were just talking about Avery, and we want to get a lumbar MRI done, because with Avery's gait getting worse and the bruises, etc, we just want to rule out any spina bifida activity." Weird. And unexpected. Nice that he doesn't just forget about her the minute she leaves his office though, don't you think?
Once again my ignorance is becoming apparent! I've been doing a little research since I spoke to Dr Brown, and contrary to what I have always thought, there are many different kinds and degrees of spina bifida, and even people walking around living their lives with no idea that that they have spina bifida! So I do not feel overwhelmed or discouraged, because regardless of whether Avery has it or not, she is still the same sweet little girl, and her physical challenges and triumphs won't change with a new diagnosis.
Saying that, Dr Brown says that he thinks it's unlikely that she does have it, he just wants to make sure. Now that I've thought about it a little bit, I wouldn't be completely and utterly shocked if there was something going. A little bit yes, but not completely. She doesn't have any bladder problems, but she does suffer with constipation a lot which has been getting worse as she's been getting older. She also has a deep dent just above her bottom, which just sort of makes it look like her butt crack is longer than it actually is, if you can picture that! I've not really thought too much about it before though, because I have it too, but apparently when my mother was pregnant with me they thought I might end up having spina bifida, which is interesting to think about now.
Anyway! That's what's going on! So we need to schedule an MRI of her spine, and we'll see what happens from there!
In addition to that,
- Brogan's first tooth broke through this morning
- Avery took 5 independent steps at physical therapy today!!!