July 22, 2007

Pediatric nuclear medicine?

Jack and I both had appointments at our doctors offices yesterday. Mine was my 6-week post-partum check-up and Jack’s was for an bilateral ultrasound of his hip to rule out DDH . . . which both my sister and I were born with. His appointment went fine. He slept through all of the turning and moving that the ultrasound required. In fact, he slept pretty much all day (but more on that later).

As we were walking to pediatric radiology we passed an area of the children’s hospital called the “Pediatric Nuclear Medicine” department. What on earth goes on there? I’m just glad that we didn’t have to go there.

My appointment . . . well, didn’t go as well. It seems that I haven’t been healing well . . . and by that I mean I’ve healed into raw open sores. What do they do about that? They burn the sores with silver nitrate to make them heal. Ouch. I get to go back in two weeks so they can do it again. It just keeps getting better and better.

Last night, Kyle stayed home with Jack while I went with Joy to see "License to Wed." It’s received some bad reviews but I LOVED IT! I think whoever made the movie asked, “How much of what Sara thinks is funny can we cram into this?" I thought it was hilarious. Even the parts that I didn't laugh out loud at were amusing to me. It won't win any cinematography (is that a word or did I just make that up) awards, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Then again, maybe I was just enjoying getting out of the house!

So, back to Jack. Is it possible for a 7-week old to teethe? Well, I know it's possible, because I just googled it. But is it possible that my 7-week old could be teething? I seriously hope not. Here are the symptoms:
  • Major, uncontainable drooling
  • Long naps all morning and afternoon
  • Incessant crying all evening
  • Constantly sucking on his fist
  • Seems to "gum" his pacifier on the right side of his mouth
  • A little hard white spot appearing on the right side of his mouth
  • Tylenol helps

If you know of anything else that could be causing these symptoms, PLEASE let me know! I don't think I'm going to be able to handle my 7 week old having teeth. WHen I talk about the symptoms to other people, it seems that "teething" is the first thing they jump to, but I feel like it just can't be true. Would't that make breastfeeding that much more of a challenge! Where did this kid come from?


Xurxo said...

Sorry but it does look exactly like teething. Remedy? Although I am an homeopathic agnostic, I shall admit that camomile (drops or pills) are almost magic with our children.

Anonymous said...

Hello. I don't know you, but you are on a few college friends' myspace pages. Your son is absolutely adorable!

Yes, this does sound like teething, and I know exactly how you feel. My daughter started teething at one month old..orajel worked great for her! The good thing with her...she didn't actually get her first tooth until she was 8 months old! YEA!