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Morgan’s 15 Month Check Up…

Morgan had his 15 month check up on January 24th, 2000. I know, I know… That was 2 weeks ago. It’s been a really tough 3 weeks for me as I am still grieving for Bull.. I am finally starting to feel a little better. *sigh* Thank the Gods for Prozac! The circle of life may be never ending, but it’s still a little bumpy sometimes… 😉

After almost 15 wonderful years with Bull I still look for him sometimes, but then I remember that he is gone. We got his ashes back 2 weeks ago, and I need to look into an urn for them. So needless to say, I’ve been better, but I’ve been worse too… *sigh*

And now back to the details about Morgan’s 15 month check up…

He now weighs 24 pounds, 11 ounces, and is 32 3/4 inches tall. When I asked the nurse how much Morgan measured she replied, with a nod of her head, "He’s tall!!". Then the doctor came in and looked him over. She found him to be in excellent health, and developmentally right on track. Morgan really enjoyed the mirror on the wall in the examination room a lot. He laughed, and laughed at his reflection! His laughter was, and always is, contagious.

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He saw one of the pediatric practice’s only 2 women doctors, Dr. Lally, this time. I really felt more comfortable when she was examining Morgan. The time before I had seen another doctor, a male one, and he briefly touched & looked at Morgan’s penis. There was really no need for him to do this at all, but before I could speak up he stopped. An intact penis should never be "inspected" by any person, and retraction should never be attempted by anyone but the boy himself. Improper/forced retraction is the leading cause of foreskin problems in intact boys in America. Use your common sense, and just leave it alone. That’s all the care an intact penis requires.

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Ok, I’ll stop my rant, and step off my soapbox now… Sorry.

Morgan had to have 4 shots this time around, but thankfully he’s now all done until he is 5. (That’s in 3 years & 9 months!) We gave him ibuprofen before the shots to help ease the pain, and keep any adverse reactions to a minimum. He cried when they were being given, and for a few minutes afterward. We quickly got to work on soothing him, and actually got him laughing after a few minutes. The nurse was surprised at how quickly Morgan got over the shots. She said he was a very good baby, and I have to agree with her! 😉

Morgan was fine that night… Absolutely no crankiness, and that’s always a bonus.

Well, that is all for now. 🙂 Take care, be well & don’t take any wooden nickels…

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