So if you’re not one of the 10 people who read my post the other day, last Wednesday we took Mason to our clinic chain’s headquarters a few hours away to see about getting him a helmet for his plagiocephaly aka mis-shapen head.
I was quite worried about the drive. I remembered it being 3 hours each way (I went there weekly a few years back for medical problems of my own) but apparently my memory fails me because it was 2 hours each way. Woohoo! Still, 2 hours in a car with a 9 month old, plus a two hour wait between appointments? Ugh!
But? My little man ROCKED it! Actually, he slept it! He slept all but 20 minutes of the drive there (which is A-MA-ZING considering he’d only woke up for the day an hour before we left!) During the break we warmed him up a bottle with the world’s slowest car bottle warmer and then proceeded to walk around the world’s smallest Target. And on the way home, he was asleep before we ever got out of the parking lot and woke up a few miles from home. I couldn’t have asked for a better ride!
So we met with the helmet specialist and they put him in a stocking hat (literally a stocking) so his head shape was better defined under his duck fluff and then they took a computerized xray of his head which enabled us to see more precise measurements of his head. The amazing part? The digital measurements were within .3 mm of our physical therapists “tape measure and calipers” measurements! So his head shape has a variance of 9.3 mm. In the specialists experience, insurance will only cover 12 mm+ (not the 10 like I’d read online) so that sucks. On the bright side, the helmet and all the follow up is about $1000 less than I had read, so that’s a plus.
After that appointment and our trip to Target, we settled back into the waiting room for our wait. Decided it was time for WeeMan to have some sweet potatoes and as soon as the spoon neared his mouth, they called us in! Just figures that the one time we’re early and expect a wait, we don’t get one!
The neurologist agreed with our assessment – yes, it’s not “medically required” according to insurance but with our family history of baldness and the fact that we don’t want to have a 16 year old who hates us because we could have done something and didn’t, we should do it. She also said he’s severely developmentally delayed since he’s not crawling yet, but we’re continuing to ignore that racket. What is with these people?
ANYWAY, once we get denied by our insurance, they will order his helmet based on the measurements from Wednesday and we’ll get it in about ten days. There isn’t anywhere around here that can make adjustments, so we’ll be making the trek back down there two weeks later and then monthly after that. I’m hoping to have this done and over with by late May, but we’ll see – it all depends on how much growing and changing his head does!
Is it bad that after I watched him hit his head on the wall, the humidifier, and the tv tray table several times yesterday that I thought “Well, it may be too late for really rapid change, but hey, at least the helmet will come at a good time for falling a million times learning to walk!” *staying positive*