I really should know by now that I cant leave Target without adding five to six things to my basket that I wasnt planning on buying. The only thing I needed was toothpaste. As I was walking to the toothpaste aisle, I passed the card section. If you know me, then you know I cant pass by cards without picking up one. So I bought two Halloween cards. After that I found more must haves including a shirt for Chloe, a fly swatter, hooks to hang towels on, snacks for Anson and Vincent, a tape gun and whipped cream cheese. Next time, I really will stick to only the items I need . . .
Today, Anson and I took Chloe to Kaiser in West LA to meet a specialist about the shape of her head. We would have been very early to the appointment, but it seems that all of West LA decided to go to Kaiser at the same time as us. Once we finally found the room we were supposed to be in, Anson and I were both surprised to find that it was the Plastic Surgery Department. It seemed odd to me that we were in the same waiting room as rich women waiting to get their Botox injections.
When we were seen, the nurse and doctor both stressed to us that there is nothing mentally wrong with Chloe and that her brain is completely fine. That was the good news. The bad news was that they DO think that she needs to wear a helmet to reshape her head. If you look at the picture attached you will see that one section of her head is flat and that there is a bump on her forehead. The two red circles in the picture show where Chloes ears are and how one is closer to the front of the head than the other. By giving Chloe a helmet to wear, her head will be able to be reshaped without any pain to her. We dont have the helmet yet, but will be meeting with an office to get her helmet ordered soon.
The reason that Chloe developed a flat side of her head is because she has a tight left neck muscle. It was more comfortable for her to turn her head to the left and keep it there instead of roatating it to the right also. I have given it my best effort to rotate her head while she is sleeping, move all of her toys the right side and tried to make it uncomfortable to move it back to the left but nothing has worked. The doctor suggested that we take her in for physical therapy to have her neck muscle loosened.
Sigh . . . this is a lot for little Chloe and for us, but I know that she will be fine.
Monday, I took Chloe in for her next set of immunization shots. She doesnt like to be bothered, so she definitely didnt like it when the doctors were looking in her ears, shining lights in her eyes and listening to her heart and lungs. Even though Chloe didnt like the exam and especially didnt like the the shots, everything went well. We found out that she is 97% taller than most babies her age and everything else is right on track. I did ask the doctor about the shape of Chloes head. It seems that it is flat on one side and more round on the other. Even with all of our efforts to get her to turn her head when she sleeps, it always seems that her head ends up turned to the left. The pediatrician is sending us to a specialist in West LA to see if Chloe will need a helmet to get her head round instead of flat. The specialist called today and we have an appointment for Tuesday. I know that she will be fine and that lots of babies have to wear a helmet, but I would prefer if she didnt have to. I guess we will see how it goes.