I will post pictures of Lucy's birthday party (it was great) and all the other hoopla that went along with it soon (she had been waiting for that birthday for 364 days, so it was fun to finally get there). But for now, I want to keep current with what's going while it's fresh in my mind.
Because on her very birthday (Tuesday) Dave and I packed her up and came to Wisconsin for a whole slew of Dr. appointments.
(let's just go ahead and excuse all these iPhone pics right here and now, ok? and also the fact
that I'm a little deliriously tired right now so I may not make a whole bunch of sense)
Super fun birthday, right? But it was the only time we could do this so we have made it into a "special birthday trip" (which trip-title she has taken to hook, line and sinker...except for the blood draw yesterday and some complaining at the fifth doctor appointment of the day).
This one awesome Nephrologist (Dr. Haws) decided out of the good of his own heart after getting to know some BBS patients to start a clinic for BBS families. A clinic where doctors would know what in the world BBS is, first of all (do you know how velvety great that is? it is amazing I tell you!), and also so that that group of specialists could work together to combat the issues involved with this syndrome. This is the second session they have put together, and we were very lucky that they were able to squeeze us in.
Yesterday was our first of three days booked with back-to-back appointments. Lucy has been a little dreamboat of a girl. It's so fun to compare this trip to when we took her to the National Institutes of Health (back here) for a similar trip where she screamed pretty much from the time we arrived until we left. Today we saw Ophthalmology:
and Physical Medicine:
When they realized how angled out and flat Lucy's left foot is they even worked her in to the orthotics department where they casted her for a new orthotic that will be done before we leave to try to fix that issue.
So far it has been so reassuring that Lucy seems to be very highly functioning for having BBS (which we have always been so grateful for). But there are also so many things brought up that make us worry and need to be even more aware of. Just a good wake-up call all around of things to be extra aware of.
I must pause to say Wisconsin is gorgeous.
And to say that Lu is a kind of fun travel companion.
I have missed Fall the last couple years (it's just not the same in the desert). So it does something deeply good to my heart to see this:
This is the road leading to this amazing clinic:
And I love it.
We finally arrived (had to drive three hours from Minneapolis) and met the other families (there are five other BBS families here we are looking forward to getting to know better). Dr. Haws was here to greet us with a birthday gift for Lucy.
This is our view from our hotel window:
Here's Lu's journal entry from her birthday:
All those "by"'s are really supposed to be "bye"s.
Love this girl.
Who knew this girl could be such a fun travel companion after hours on end of bawling in the car for so many years?
We took her to Applebees to celebrate her first day of doctor apts. under her belt (the biggest and best for this town) and soaked her in as she told us every word she could think of that starts with "A" with her Nanny McPhee smile.
I am going to take notes each day on the "I Love Lucy" blog over HERE (yes, the one that has been so sadly neglected for a loooooong time). I need to write things down while they're fresh in my mind and I know there are a lot of other BBS families who will be interested in what we learn. Day #1 is here (in garbled, tired talk :)