As our son is approaching the teen years, he needed to get his last booster shot today. He wasn’t looking forward to it. I can’t say I blame him. I hate physicals. The last physical I went to was totally deflating. Even though I was running like mad and trying to eat right, my doctor said I was “very overweight” and close to being obese. *sigh* Yeah, I was smaller then the doctor and could certainly run circles around her….still, it was depressing.
Our son was treated to all the tests: eye, ear, flexibility, aptitude, etc. He also got his first: “Turn your head and cough please”. I looked away during most of the exam to give him some privacy. I looked up when the doctor said that to see my son’s face. He had that “I wish I were somewhere else” look about him. Poor kid.
The doctor then asked my son to put his hands together and bend forward. She wanted to check his spine. She had him do this a few more times and said: “He has a slight case of Scoliosis. Did you know that?” This has been the same Pediatrician we have been going to since our son was born over 12 years ago. She has never said a word about his back before. The doctor left the room to shortly return with a gauge of some sort. She measured his back again and said: “He has about a 7% curve. When it gets to 8%, we need to be concerned. We should keep an eye on it. Maybe the next time you come in, we should get him an x-ray.”
I didn’t want to look concerned for my son’s case, but…I am concerned. My husband said that I shouldn’t be concerned about it. If the doctor was thinking it was really bad, she would’ve ordered x-rays right away.
I did come home and look up information about Scoliosis on the computer. There is quite a bit of information. Some sites say that a teen will grow out of it. Others say that it could get worse in the teen years. Who knows? It seems the cause for most Scoliosis is undetermined (idiopathic). It is sort of an “anyone’s guess”.
On top of this news from our doctor, I also got an ear exam. I have been thinking for the last year or so that my hearing was going. Granted, most of it is from a mumbling pre-teen. Some of it could be from my husband mumbling under his breath too. Whatever the reason, I seem to either not hear things or hear the wrong things when watching television, having a conversation, etc. The nurse was kind enough to give me a quick ear test. My left ear works just fine. My right ear works pretty well, but I barely heard the most faint beep. I foresee a hearing aid in my future…
Our family believes that physicals are important. You never know what you will learn about your body when you go. I am so not looking forward to my next physical. Why? *Shudder* Mammogram time. Nothing like being squished like a pancake with a bunch of strangers watching. Where is Mrs. Butterworth when you need her? She’s buxom and kind. I need her to hold my hand.