Tomorrow will mark two weeks in the helmet, which is strange because it feels like it’s been so much longer already. On Tuesday, we went for his standard adjustment (which is generally done at the 2 week point) and since we had already driven two hours for a 10 minute appointment, we stopped and saw a pediatrician while we were there.
I called at 8:00 to see if I could get an appointment at 10:30 (figuring it was a long shot in the dark) and instead was met with a “Which doctor would you like to see?” which just floored me. I’m so use to the “So and so is out sick/on vacation/it’s her day off” coupled with “She could see you next week” or “How about an on call nurse?” of our tiny smalltown clinic that I was amazed. (When I looked at their website, I stopped counting pediatricians at 60, so I shouldn’t be too amazed I suppose)
Last Thursday, Mason had started a new (very unwanted) behavior – whenever he gets tired during the day, he goes berserk and does something that looks like he’s trying to rip his eyes out of his head. It’s absolutely horrifying and I concluded that it was too much of a coincidence to NOT be from the helmet. I mean, he’s always rubbed his eyes when he gets sleepy, but this was violent and angry and nothing like that gentle “I’m sleepy” rub. As a result, he’s got scratches on his forehead and around his eyes from this behavior and I’m pretty sure the daycare has concluded the helmet is absolute torture. He doesn’t pay any attention to or even touch his helmet the other 12 hours he’s awake, so it’s obviously NOT, but it was definitely something we were concerned about.
Gary (the helmet doctor) shaved a bit off the front of his helmet so there wasn’t as much pressure on his forehead and said that’s pretty common since the forehead does a lot of the work holding the helmet in place, so it’s hard to find a happy medium. I really hope that’s the fix because I hate to see my little man so miserable, even if it’s only for 10 minutes a day. That’s the tough part of being 2 hours away from his clinic – it’s not like we can just jump in the car and get the helmet adjusted whenever we feel like it.
Gary also said that he can feel his head “popping out” which is awesome. That’s exactly what we want to do – any new head growth to go to the flat part. It’s not something we can see ourselves, but hey, this guy is the baby head expert. They won’t do new measurements and scans until our next appointment, which is on March 1st. Here’s hoping for at least 2 mm improvement (oh readers, remember long ago when we were praying for 1 mm improvement to keep him out of the helmet in the first place?? *sigh*)
were done with Gary, we went and saw the pediatrician for a strange funny scabbing Mason has had in his groin area for the past two weeks. It would get better overnight and then get bad the more he crawled and moved around and we were at a loss. Well, apparently poor Wee Man has a yeast infection!! It was only there and not in his mouth (aka thrush) which is awesome because otherwise I would probably have gotten it too and needed antibiotics. They prescribed us some cream to put on the area three times a day and by yesterday morning, it looked 75% better and now today, it’s almost gone. Yay!
This was the first appointment (out of 3 so far) that Mason has not been a champion car sleeper. He stayed awake 1/2 of the drive there but at least was content most of that. On the way home, he was fussy until he got his bottle and then gulped it down way too fast and projectile vomited it all back up. He then proceeded to fuss and cry for the next hour and finally fell asleep half an hour before we got home. That picture you saw yesterday? Was him passed out from total exhaustion from crying so long.
We took him home, cleaned him up, changed his clothes (the clothes in his diaper bag would have been way too warm for him to wear in the car since his helmet makes him so hot), and dropped him off at daycare for the last few hours of the day and then ran some errands. Daycare said he was quite the happy boy to be crawling around with the other babies the rest of the afternoon after being cooped up in the car for most of the day.
So right now, we’re in helmet limbo for the next month. Hopefully the adjustment allows him to leave his eyes alone and hopefully that “popping out” continues! I can’t believe we have to wait a month before we know if this is working! (I knew this all along, but still, now it seems like forever away) Hopefully things like an upcoming trip to Underwater World and planning his first birthday will keep us distracted until then!