Blood work follow-up

August 28, 2010 at 9:33 pm (Uncategorized)

I figured I should follow up regarding the needles and stool sample. First of all I have to say that it was very strange watching Ekaete get her blood taken. It is hard to believe that almost 6 months ago I watched her get stabbed over and over again up and down her arms, feet, neck, and head in the State hospital. It was so different this time; I almost smiled when she let out that blood curdling scream. What a blessing to have our baby home – safe, strong, and receiving good medical care. I cannot tell you how grateful I am!

As I anticipated, it was just too much for Andikpeme and two hours later, the nurses (are they nurses??) said it was not safe to take his blood. They never even got close, to be honest. Despite his debilitating anxiety, we did see some success in that we were able to calm him down in the office. He freaked when they were near him and when they tried to find his veins, but we were able to get him to stop screaming, take some deep breaths, look us in the eyes, and use his words while sitting on the bed.

I’d be lying if I said that there wasn’t a little disappointment/frustration when we left the office, but when we were home and had some food in our bellies, I was able to see that this truly was progress for our little man. Sadly, I will be taking him to the hospital by myself some time soon and it will not be pretty, but it’s necessary.

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A huge step!

August 11, 2010 at 10:04 pm (Uncategorized)

Yesterday Andikpeme took a huge step and was able to manage his anxiety at the doctor!!! YAY A.!!! He has many intense fears and doctors/dentists have been a huge issue for him. He has not allowed a doctor or dentist to touch him or his sister (in his presence, of course) since we met him. Yesterday he walked into that office a much more secure, confident, trusting little boy and we were so incredibly proud of him. His lovely and patient doctor was also extremely proud of him. 🙂

Now that we have our gorgeous boy desensitized, we are going to re-traumatize him next week with some needles and stool samples. 😦

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