|Just too cute|
I was relieved to find out that the only reason why the Paediatrician wanted to see us, was because he had received a copy of the MRI pictures and wanted to show us exactly what was going on inside Felix's brain. We had seen so many pictures of the ventricles in Felix's brain when I was pregnant with him because they were measured on the ultrasound every 2 weeks, from 25 weeks onwards. The MRI pictures were even clearer, and were quite amazing to see. The Paediatrician pointed out the enlarged ventricles and also mentioned that there appeared to be other 'spaces' in his brain which appeared to be larger than they should be. These, he said, indicated that Felix's brain possibly didn't develop fully (nothing to do with Down Syndrome). We both agreed that it doesn't seem to have affected Felix's ability to learn and develop. It will be interesting to observe him over the coming years and see if it makes any difference then. Until then, we will stick with our original plan to do a follow up MRI early next year, and if the results are stable, we'll be able to wait another 5 years before repeating the scan again.
|Put the camera away Mum|
The other part of the blood test is to check for leukaemia. Unfortunately children with Down Syndrome, under the age of 5 years old, have a slightly elevated chance of developing leukaemia than other children. Medical opinions vary as to how often they should have their bloods checked for leukaemia. Some Doctors may recommend it every few months and others, like our Paediatrician, only check it once a year. The wait for the result of this particular test is always nerve racking, even if your child appears to be healthy. The thought that they have been tested for something so horrible is a daunting one. I couldn't bring myself to take Felix to have his bloods done today, so I'll have to steel myself and take him tomorrow.
|Doing some walking and showing off|
his perfectly straight crease on his
left hand ( a unique trait of Down Syndrome