Today was the day where the long awaited appointment for Olly was with a paediatrician at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield. So we collected Olly from school after he had eaten lunch for a 1:30pm appointment. When we arrived at the hospital the Childrens Centre was closed up, so we thought we may be walking into a problem – seemingly they close up for lunch…
So, the good news was that we were more than likely FIRST in after lunch 🙂 A nurse came and measured his weight, height, blood pressure etc and then we were straight into a chap called Dr Jones. We were there around 30 minutes carefully delivering all the details about the last 2 years or so, and he took notes – felt a bit like he had not read up about us at all prior the the visit which was definitely a little disappointing. However, he then turned to Olly and asked how well he took to being examined – we cringed and said not well sadly. Then the little monkey demonstrated the complete opposite as he sat and did everything that Dr Jones asked of him and smiled along the way – he was arguably a model patient 🙂
As we were coming to a close, Dr Jones suggested that there were a few possibilities, the first being that perhaps Olly is just unlucky and gets every virus as it passes by – although he almost immediately threw that one out given that otherwise Olly is in great shape – a good weight, pretty good height and in good health. Next, he suggested that we needed to keep an eye out for mouth ulcers at the times of fevers as well as throat lumps as he would like to rule this out completely. We also have to google and review cyclic white blood count and periodic fever – both linked to the low white blood count during his (Olly’s) last blood tests. He is wondering whether the white blood cell count was down because Olly was recovering from the fever or if it is something that we should get a better grip on. To this end, he asked us to collect blood today in order to be able to run a plethora of tests against hopefully to rule some of the above out completely. He also wanted a urine sample taken during a bout of the fever – that is going to be fun to collect since Olly does not seem to be ready or indeed want to get out of nappies. We tried last week to no avail, and are set to start again next Thursday after school finishes.
We had the bloods taken right after the appointment, or 30 minutes after such that Olly could have some numbing gell applied and for it to be active. This actually went really well as well and we did feel like we had needed to force him to allow us to take blood 🙂
We will be heading back to see Dr Jones in August sometime armed hopefully with more information surrounding the periodic fevers and the throat / mouth ulcers as well as having collected urine during a fever instance.
Wish us luck….