July 14, 2010

Reinforcement

          Today I wanted to provide an update on two issues I have blogged about recently. Especially since I received so much interest and support:

  1. My abnormal mammogram: I'm happy to report that the TaTas are OK! Yesterday I had a diagnostic mammogram, during which they took additional images of my right breast. The radiologist read the film while I waited, and I was told all was well. The area of density they were concerned about was described as an "overlap of normal breast tissue" that had appeared on the first images. I was sent on my way with a clean bill of health. And of course reminded to do my monthly self-exams and continue to get annual screening mammograms. THANK YOU for your outpouring of concern and support!
  2. My daughter's silence: Yesterday our daughter also had her 18 month wellness visit. During which my husband and I discussed her mostly non-verbal state with the nurse practitioner. Who did recommend that DD be seen by a speech therapist. Overall, she did not feel there was any reason to be concerned. (And we are not.) It's just a precaution. The woman literally sat with her mouth agape and eyes as wide as saucers as DD correctly identified letters and swept her hand across words from left to right as they were read. "There are four and five year olds who can't do that," she exclaimed.
          So on the second point, I guess I'll have to follow up again somewhere down the line. And I will. 
          You know, I've never met the majority of the people who read and comment on my blog, but I feel like you are my friends. I sincerely mean that. Thank you for taking time out of your own busy lives to read about mine. And for offering support, understanding and humorous anecdotes.
          I feel like I have my own personal cheering section, rooting me on. If I succeed, you are there to celebrate with me. If I stumble, you offer an arm up and an encouraging word. Maybe it's more like my own personal support group. Whatever you want to call it, I think it is amazing.

15 comments:

  1. So glad to read that you are OK and that your daughter is a genius :)

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  2. LOL! I don't know about her being a genius. But I'm definitely not worried about her. Her brain is developing just fine, and when she's ready to talk, she will. And I probably won't be able to shut her up! ;)

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  3. I am so glad to read that your follow up tests went ok. That must have been so scary for you. One of my children held back on speaking until later. When he started, he went straight into five word sentences. I think they pick their own timing. Probably just to worry the parents ;o)

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  4. So happy to read about the good reports, Elizabeth! I bet you were a little on the edge about both appointments, so now, I'm glad you can finally breathe a sigh of relief!:)

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  5. @ Rebecca - Thank you. It was scary, but I'm happy to have it end well. As far as DD is concerned, I wouldn't be at all surprised if she started speaking in sentences at some point. I have a number of friends whose kids did that. I know the pediatrician has to have her evaluated as a sort of CYA. It's free, so I will go along. But I have no worries at all about her.

    @ Tory - It was a crazy day! And of course my test results were a huge relief! Thanks so much for your kind words.

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  6. My second cousin could have full conversations at age 2. At the time, I thought this was normal of all 2 year olds. I didn't realize this was an exception to the norm. To this day, you can't get her to stop talking. Your DD is pretty impressive with her letter identification. I wouldn't be surprised either if she started spouting sonnets one day soon :)

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  7. So glad all was well and that your daughter is too! I'll find out tomorrow the results of my mom's pathology results from her lumpectomy. Hoping for good news and you're right - the support of the online community is awesome!
    Nelsa

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  8. @ Mungee's Ma - I think when she does start talking, she will have a lot to say. And just like a lot of other milestones, I'll be wondering what I was in such a hurry for. LOL

    @ Nelsa - I said a prayer for your mom this morning. I hope she receives good news!

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  9. Hooray for healthy tatas! :)

    Re your daughter: lots of very bright children wait to speak. I remember a little boy who lived down the street from me when I was growing up, who didn't start talking until he was almost four. When he began, he immediately used full, complex sentences. When his dad asked why he hadn't started talking sooner, he shrugged and said, "I didn't have anything important to say."

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  10. Whew! So glad to hear things are well with you. <3!

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  11. @ Linda - What a funny story! Although I think itf DD was 4 and still not talking I would actually be concerned. ;)

    @ Kristina - Thanks! Big relief.

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  12. I am so glad to hear your mammogram went well!! What excellent news!!

    My sister was another one of those who didn't start talking until 2...and started with complete sentences! I'm so impressed with your daughter's left to right reading awareness!!

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  13. @ Stacey - Thanks! It was such a relief! As far as DD is concerned, she has been crazy about books from very early on. We read to her constantly, and I think she will be an early reader. When she does start talking, it will probably be to correct people's grammar. LOL

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  14. Yay for the ta-tas and for DD!!!

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  15. @ Jenny - When you put it like that, it sounds like those things could be one and the same. LOL

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