The visit to the Pediatrician today turned out more exhausting than expected. We were supposed to visit to simply pick up a second prescription for Benji’s vaccination and were made to wait for over an hour (we had an appointment), and subsequently, greeted by the Pediatrician – who we had seen before – and who miscalculated Benji’s age and the intent of our visit.
Anyway, after doing some checks on him, we found out on top of his eczema, Benji’s weight has dropped from the 50th percentile at 2 months, to the 25th percentile at 4months and now down to the 10th percentile at 5 months (and 1 week). Further to that, he now has a ‘clicky’ right hip which requires further investigation. If we were in Australia where we have the appropriate medical insurance, we wouldn’t even think twice about the referral. But we are here, and won’t be back in Australia until 2 months later, so we will now have to fork out a chunk of money for the ultrasound. And even having the money might not get us an appointment before we leave town (remembering our experience with a supposed 18-month waiting list to see a Ped Derm here).
We left the office with a mixed bag of emotions: frazzled, hungry, angry, lost,…twas all quite a bit too much. It still is.
Breathe. And pray. That’s all we can do now. More updates later.
(Photo of Benji’s cute rock star sleeping pose taken on the weekend.)