Thursday, October 10, 2013

State of the Collin

Sometimes I can barely keep up with this kid and his schedule, much less write about it all, so I've fallen off the blogging wagon again. Here's an enumerated list to catch me up.

1. New Doctors
A while back, I thought to myself, "You know what we need, Self? More doctors!" So I got Collin in with a well-known pediatrician in the area who specializes in holistic treatment. I was very impressed with him (He read Collin's medical records. Like, all of them.) and he is ordering some very detailed blood and urine work to see if Collin has any deficiencies and how his body is using what he's getting in the way of supplements. After that, we'll decide whether to look for toxicity issues. We're not looking for a panacea here, we're just hoping to give Collin the opportunity for maximum health and development within his capability. And we're also not leaving our old pediatrician (I shudder at the very thought); rather this new doctor is serving in more of a consultant role.

Our new ophthalmologist, on the other hand, is a trade-in. We hadn't been getting much help from our old one for years and got a recommendation for a good one from another highly respected doctor on our team. It was a great move. He was very thorough, open, and a great listener. In fact, he determined that Collin does not technically even have CVI (cortical visual impairment), as Collin's vision is improving and CVI is more of a static condition. Instead, Collin's condition would more accurately be called DVM (delayed visual maturation). On top of that, Collin's far-sightedness has improved dramatically and he has developed a degree of astigmatism, which makes everything blurry. But since he is trying to use his vision so much, the doctor felt that it would be worthwhile to revisit glasses, which brings us to...

2. Collin Got Glasses. Again.
You may remember this brand of awesomeness:

And now brace yourself for the new and improved:

And of COURSE he refused to open his eyes for the camera. Because he's four. But he really is using his vision more consistently since getting these bad boys.

3. Collin is Still a Keto Kid
We got the results from Collin's most recent EEG and Dr. Awesome found that it was unchanged from 18 months ago: no seizures, but still abnormal enough to stay on the ketogenic diet until further notice.

4. Collin is Almost Toothless
It's a good thing Collin's incredible oral feeding progress hasn't moved past purees yet, because he doesn't have much to work with in the way of teeth these days. Last week, I found a super wiggly one and pulled it and sometime between then and the beginning of this week, he lost another one, which I never found despite lots of - ahem - *looking*. He is now down six teeth at four and a half years old. When I explained to him that he was not permitted to lose any more teeth before growing some, he misunderstood me and sprouted a six year molar.

5. Collin is Officially Obsessed With His Tricycle
He never wants to get off. Ever. I tried rigging something to keep his hands on the handlebars, and this is what he thought about my efforts:

There is a very slight incline in the parking lot outside our new apartment. He could easily use it to just coast down to the flat part. But instead he pushes as hard as he can to go as fast as he can. The bar Kyle is using here is to help us steer him from behind (we had a few near misses before we added that thing), but there is no pushing going on here.

Collin's Trike from Annie Kratzsch on Vimeo.

Those are the highlights, anyway. We have pumpkin patches and NACD and new gear and a family vacay to come.


  1. He looks a little too dreamy in those glasses for my taste. You think molars are a problem wait for the girls.

    Also does that first doctor see adults? ;)

  2. Adorable glasses and crazy tooth loss!!! He has passed up my 6 year old already! I think she has only lost 2.

  3. what a hipster stud in those new glasses! I love it. xo