Monday, I spent the morning paying bills. Sigh. My favorite thing (not).
The afternoon marked another journey to St. Louis -- so that I could take another daughter to Children's Hospital there. Luckily, this time it wasn't an attempt to diagnose some mystery ailment.
Kitty's got congenital hypothyroidism. A huge deal if undetected early, but no big deal to treat. We caught it, and had full diagnosis and treatment in place by the time she was two weeks old. But.. such things need to be monitored and watched, and from time to time it's truly worth it to visit with a specialist.
When we moved here, we moved from a place with actual choices in pediatric endocrinologists to a place with none at all. For the past nine years, Kitty's doctor has monitored and appropriately adjusted doses, and cared for her well. But puberty, those several years when the body's hormone system goes awry, and brain chemistry shifts and all things adjust and re-tune themselves ... can play havoc with systems that worked just fine before. And thus, we took ourselves to the nearest pediatric endocrinologist our insurance company counts as "in network".
The journey down made me think that there is a section of I-70 that is permanently beset by torrential rains. When last we drove it, the rain got so bad I had to pull over to the side of the road until it had abated some. This time, though my wiper blades were flashing as fast as ever they could, the rain was not beyond their ability.
And once again, the rains lessened as we crossed the bridge over the Mississippi.
As we passed the evening in our hotel, I cast on for a wee gift...... I'm hoping this
will suit both baby and mother.
Our doc was delayed, and thus, though we had a 9:30 appointment Tuesday morning, we were not seen by the actual doctor until nigh on 10:30. Luckily, we'd gotten all the blood-work we needed ahead of time. We learned a few things, most important of which was that we're doing well. A mild tweak to the dosage is all we need do - and it is one our own local doc would have (and in fact did) order upon seeing the test results.
I'm pleased with the results, but sure wish we didn't have to travel hundreds of miles, and pay for hotels, to learn them. And yet I am grateful that despite all our other financial challenges, we've still got health insurance and thus can afford to see the specialists at all.
The journey home Tuesday afternoon, we traveled under sunny skies. And we saw something I'd never seen before: bison! Who knew there were bison in Southern Illinois?