Mr. Mean

So, Internet.......I know it's been a while. I plan on catching up soon and thought I'd get the ball rolling with a post about what's going on in my Mean One's little world.

He's really not Mean. Full of attitude, yes. Very full of attitude.Although he does have a teeny tiny soft side too. He said his version of "I Love You" last night and I melted and I kind of think Einstein did too because he said "you Dada". His version of I Love You Dada. And Einstein is definitely his guy!

He's saying lots of words lately. And if he's in the mood, he'll play the "repeat after me" game. He gets pretty proud of himself when he gets words right. I get pretty proud of him too.

He mimics his older brother on everything! In fact, TT started eating his food off his plate like a dog last night and faster than I could reprimand him for it, Mr. Mean was eating like a dog too! He's quick. Very quick.

He's still an angel in the sleeping department. Although I'm beginning to think he has dreams now. Nightmares actually. He seems to have these little outbursts throughout the night but by the time I get in there to check on him, he's already back to sleep. He still eats his blanket while sleeping. It's nasty but it's his comfort. Thank goodness we have so many of them to rotate through the laundry!

Unrelated to milestones and personal development, there's been something else going on. Davey has NO CLUE. In fact, we, his parents had no clue. His pediatrician had no clue. While we've all noticed "things" about him, we never put the pieces together. I kind of eluded to it in this post.

One Thursday afternoon I was approached by one of Davey's teachers that she needed to show me something about his arm. I gathered their belongings and met her on the playground. She grabbed Davey and proceeded to show me that David couldn't twist his right forearm. He can not rotate his forearm so that his palm faces up (supination). His daycare teachers caught this because they had been trying to teach him to wash his hands. He's been having trouble putting his palm under the soap dispenser and under the running water. Of course, that night, I tried a million times to rotate his arm wondering if he was just being stubborn or if in fact he couldn't do it. I even went into him while he was asleep and as it turns out, no he can not rotate his forearm.

The following day I had him seen at the pediatrician's office. They sent us for xrays. Then they immediately sent us to an orthopedic doctor because his xrays showed a dislocated radial head.

The orthopedic looked over his xrays and looked him over. She believes that he has something called Congenital Radial Head Dislocation. That most likely, his arm grew this way in utero. She assured me that right now, it is most likely not causing any pain. She referred us to a specialist at Children's Hospital.

Of course, now, looking back through all of my pictures, I can see it. He has an extra fat ring in his arm. His forearm on his right side is shorter than his left. He uses his wrist on that arm differently. He carries his right arm differently. Etc. etc. etc. So how'd we miss it?Most likely because he does EVERYTHING. He's hit every milestone. He's adapted. He feeds himself. Although if you watch, he contorts his head and arm on that side. And if he can't do it with his right, he CAN do it with his left. He's left us guessing for a long time if he's going to be a righty or a lefty because he uses both so often.While I am extremely happy and grateful, and I know how lucky I am, that Davey is very healthy, I am very anxious about his arm. I don't know much about it. I know it's considered a type of deformity. I know it's considered rare. I know it can be an isolated occurrence, but I also know that more often than not, both arms are affected. And that there's also a possibility that there could be other skeletal issues. I also know that if not corrected, he will most likely have problems down the road and his arm may eventually look different.

And while there are bigger battles, much bigger battles, that people are fighting every day......my mind lately has been so darn caught up on Davey's arm!

I want it fixed!

We see a specialist on Nov. 9th. It can't come fast enough!

Lisa  – (October 22, 2010 at 1:46 PM)  

Oh Mare! I can't wait for you to get some answers!

Driven To Distraction  – (October 22, 2010 at 4:43 PM)  

He is so stinkin' sweet I can't stand it! I cannot believe how grown-up he is becoming - and boy do I know how the whole 'monkey-see, monkey-do" thing goes! My big two can get the baby to do absolutely ANYTHING!

And Mary - you have every right to worry! Yes, it's not cancer or an incurable disease, but it is something affecting YOUR CHILD! I felt the same way when we learned about all of B.riar's allergies . . . you feel so helpless as a parent and so wronged by the fact that the child that you see nothing but perfection in is actually not. I know in my heart that everything is going to be okay and I hope the 9th comes soon!

Robyn  – (October 23, 2010 at 10:29 AM)  

Love that photo. I hope everything works out with the arm.

Denise  – (October 24, 2010 at 8:16 PM)  

Ohh my goodness! I will keep you in my prayers. Good Luck with the specialist.

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