He has Roseola.
I knew it last night when the rash popped up on his belly, chest, and back. Poor buddy.
So...we had our 2 yr check up this morning. Roseola diagnosis confirmed. Not with a blood test or anything, but the symptoms are text book for the diagnosis & Dr.W said that he agreed that the rash looked like the roseola rash...so there you go.
He's 90% on his height, 60% on his weight for his age....but, he's "underweight" according to his height. I was told not to worry about it---and I'm not. He's a 2 year old, typically picky about food....but he eats what he wants & needs...so there. He hates the Pediasure, so I told the dr that I don't intend to keep offering him a Pediasure per day b/c the stuff is too expensive to watch him refuse it, and me pour it down the drain.
Got his flu shot today....they were out of the flu mist.
And...we're not due to return for 1 year...which is great. It gives me time to Pediatrician shop. But, I tell you---I hate office staff there, but then we go in, and Dr.W is so attentive, and good with Gage. The DOCTOR is not the problem---it's his freaking staff. Today was wonderful there, and just as it should be. But I just hate the office people. So...shall I write a letter? Are my expectations just too high? I don't know. I requested two copies of Gage's immunization records prior to leaving. But, how do I pediatrician shop when my kiddo is not due to be seen for a year? [feel free to leave advice on this one....]
Anyway....I also brought up the fact that someone recently mentioned that he has some autistic-like behaviors & we discussed this. In my heart I don't believe my child is autistic. I think his fits are triggered by strong emotions & frustrations that he can't always adequately express himself, or even worse: he can express his wants, but he loses the battle of will when he has to do things he does not want to do. I also think that he's in that phase of being shy....sometimes. For example: while at Mema's house, he was playing & doing beautifully with Nora & other children. Take him to the play area at the mall, and he will NOT interact with the other children. I have to get down there & play with him. At his birthday party, he was super clingy but played with Mario, Allen, Trystan, & Garrett very well. Other kids....not so much. But...he DOES interact with others.
Anyway....we just discussed it because it was recently brought up. Something was mentioned about Jenny McCarthy & her son, and all the media coverage, etc. The pediatrician said something to the effect of: "oh, well, isn't she an authority? She put herself on the map by taking her clothes off...then she got pregnant, but millions of other women do that. Then she has an autistic child, but there are millions of other women that have done that before her. The only good thing about her is that she is raising awareness. It still doesn't make her an expert."
Oh, it was classic.
...anywho. We're home now. We stopped at the store on the way home & got 2 "donts" (that's the way Gage says 'donuts') & 4 "suckies". So far, he & I are both sticky, covered in orange tootsie-pop, and I am covered in his stickers from the dr's office. He preferred to decorate Mommy instead of wearing the stickers himself.