by Joyce: Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave comments on our last post. Focusing on the thyroid was a very good suggestion and one of the first areas that the doctor does look at. If you have been following for a while, you might recall that Sarah has recently had two very thorough blood analyses done. They were specifically looking at the thyroid and leukemia because of some white cell abnormalities. Both came back in the normal range.
Now as simple as this might seem, there are two things we are watching: her wisdom teeth and an excessive amount of wax build up in her right ear(I can't bring myself to blog about the procedure to eliminate it-sorta gross-if you want more info google "how to eliminate wax build up in ears":). Both could make hearing an issue, which could be a reason that she is not responding to questions. Simple. Almost embarrassingly simple. Yet, I think that is what us mom's with kiddos with multiple medical issues plus the Down syndrome goes through. It is often a process of elimination. In Sarah's case, we know she hides her pain from us. She knows all too well what the consequences can be. It really was TJ's arrival back home that brought the pain in her ear to our attention.
I do want to share a video and the link to the National Down Syndrome Society webpage for Alzheimer's. Both are excellent resources. I know most of our readers have young children. Truthfully I'm not sure I would have been bothered with this topic when Sarah was their age, but as we say in our house, "it is what it is."
Click HERE to go to the National Down Syndrome Society webpage for Alzheimer's information.