Doctor, Doctor…

Yesterday was baby J’s first doctor’s appointment. It was with our pediatrician, and is the first of many doctor’s visits for poor baby J.

We came away with a longer list of doctors than we already had!

Baby J is scheduled to see the orthopedist in a week, and we have an occupational therapist set up, as well as speech. And we will add to that the dentist (the pediatrician counted at least ten cavities), a dermatologist (for some bacterial skin infections), a physical therapist, and a cardiologist.

Baby J handled the doctor visit way better than we expected him to…I thought he would be terrified and cry the whole visit. He was definitely terrified, but after I told him there would be no owies, he relaxed and didn’t cry during the whole exam… this is huge for baby J!

The pediatrician spent a long time listening to baby J’s heart, and when he was done he said that our boy has a heart murmur. Hmm. This is interesting to me, because when we started this adoption process, I had thought that we would get another heart baby. As it turned out, God had baby J for us, and even though I knew very little about club foot, I knew it was meant to be.
Now our little guy has a heart murmur, and will be seeing little M’s cardiologist next month (along with little M, for her yearly exam).

The pediatrician was concerned about baby J’s smaller leg, and was worried that the muscles there were atrophied, his hips are most likely dislocated from the awkward way he has to walk, and of course, the primary concern for baby J is his foot, specifically the bones in the front of his foot by his toes. He walks on the front outer side of his foot, and this has put pressure on the bones so much that they, and his toes, are severely bent inward. We will see what the orthopedist says, but no matter what is done to fix this, once it is fixed, baby J will have to relearn how to walk, and that will require a LOT of physical therapy. I will be glad to have a plan in place to help our boy, but I feel badly that something that could have easily been repaired shortly after birth was left, and is causing him so much trouble now. Club foot is an extremely minor special need, easily fixed right after birth, and after that is a non-issue. But left to grow, with nothing done to repair it, it has multiplied into many more needs and is quite uncomfortable. Poor baby J!


  1. jessica on May 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    What a brave boy!! Poor baby though with all the drs, we'll be thinking of him!

  2. dawn on May 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Grr, I know that the orphanages don't have the money but it makes me so so cross and sad, so sad. Hugs to everyone. It is one thing thinking you know all that has to be done but something entirely different when your heart hears it from the \”experts\”.

  3. Paula on May 4, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Happy Baby J is now home where he belongs with his family who love him to bits and can get him the care he needs in a country that can provide it. He is simply too cute….those dimples – oh my!

  4. Musings from Kim K. on May 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    You are the perfect family to take on all his special needs. He's going to get to experience an amazing pain-free life after all his medical interventions. Something that would have never been a possibility in China. What a blessing that will be. HUGS!!

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