Brady is not content to stand by and let us enjoy William's Syndrome for awhile. No, he has to add the heart problems and the hernia surgery when he was two months old. Then he had to add the feeding issues and the Calcilio formula. Oh, wait! There's more! We need to add in the strabismus and glasses we will be picking up this week. What have I forgotten? I need to mention PT, OT, ST, weight checks, synergis shots, blood work... and (drumroll, please) we now have a new line on our resume of diagnoses ...Radioulnar Synostosis (see http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site1067/mainpageS1067P0.html).
Not that I am trying to be funny, but it is almost comical that Brady seems to get a new problem to face every other month. I feel bad for my pediatrician, who has such a "can-you-believe-this-is-happening" tone in her voice whenever she tells me new updates. I was concerned when I first heard the news over the phone, but when I read the information at the website above I felt a little relieved. Maybe surgery one day, maybe not, but mostly kids are diagnosed at the age of three, which leads me to believe it must be drawn out in some developmental milestone they are not getting. Brady is fine on picking things up, grabbing, holding the spoon and bringing it to his mouth. Tomorrow we have PT so I will get more info from her and post it.
At first there wasn't any link of Radioulnar Synostosis to WS, but then my sister stumbled across an article mentioning both. It said: "Abstract Limitation of supination and pronation of the forearm has been occasionally described in individuals with Williams syndrome. It was found in 26% of 23 subjects examined, and was associated with a spectrum of severity of radio-ulnar synostosis on radiography. The occurrence of this functional motor impairment in a substantial subset of persons with Williams syndrome is relevant, because its evaluation is important in habilitation planning."
So, this also means we are getting another doctor! Hooray! We are going to go see Orthopedics at Children's Hospital really just to get him in there - his pediatrician doesn't think they will do too much to him when he is so young.
What do I think? Well, to be honest - it's annoying and frustrating and troublesome. I think he'll be fine. I think I'LL have a nervous breakdown adding another "condition" to Brady's existence. But it's certainly not his biggest problem or his worst. He certainly likes to keep us on our toes!