I like talking about Aaron and his various diagnoses. Not because I like to think about all of his challenges, but because it gives me an opportunity to educate other people about all of these things that they may have never heard of. I have learned so much and done so much research in the past three and a half years and I really enjoy sharing that knowledge with other people. After all, it's the best way to spread awareness, right?
At this point, Aaron has so many diagnoses that it's hard to keep track of them all. I have several notebooks full of medical records and have to keep a file on the computer just so I can keep all of his doctors and therapists straight. At this point (keep in mind, he's only three), he has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Celiac Disease, Asthma, Sleep Apnea, a soy allergy, Sensory Processing Disorder, Reflux, Chronic Ear Infections (including three sets of tubes and an adenoid removal) and mild hearing loss. He also sees a cardiologist on a regular basis because he had a hole in his heart (VSD) when he was born. It closed on it's own within the first year of his life but we have continued to see cardiologists on at least a yearly basis for other more minor issues.
However, today we went to the cardiologist for our yearly visit and he said he has no more concerns about Aaron's heart!! Yay!!! He does want us to come back in 3-5 years for one more echocardiogram just to be sure nothing has changed but other than that we are cleared from Cardio!! This might not seem like a big deal to some, but Aaron has a Pediatrician, a Developmental Pediatrician (at the Down Syndrome Clinic in Atlanta), a Pulmonologist, an ENT, an Allergist, a GI doctor, an Orthopedist, an Ophthalmologist, a Pediatric Dentist and a Cardiologist that he sees at least once a year - most of them he sees more frequently than that. And that's not even counting the four therapists he sees every single week! So crossing even one of these specialists off the list is just so wonderful! Obviously I will (and do) take him to whatever appointments he needs but after all we have been through over the past three and a half years, it is amazing to hear a doctor tell me that he is cleared instead of telling me that he has a new, lifelong diagnosis.
Thank you God, for giving us a break today. It has felt like we have had nothing but a string of bad luck lately (and we are still currently trying to figure out his current medical problem, but more on that another time) but today I felt like we got a little relief. And it is oh so sweet. So today we rejoice in being one doctor down. Yippee!