The doctor’s who’s job it was to discuss any long-term body issues like bone density, growth or WEIGHT.
We talked long and hard about what Peyton took from that conversation. We discussed how hard it is to make sure survivors are getting the care and SURVEILLANCE they need. We went over how important it was to remember that every child is impressionable, the last thing we need is to go from cancer to an eating disorder.
Things I told Dr Weight I’m not responsible for (arguments she made, very valid, but not my responsibility):
- No Show Parents – it’s unfortunate that so many parents won’t follow-up with long term care. But if THIS is what their child takes away from the clinic, I’m not shocked.
- kids’ best interest – the parents that won’t be involved in long-term follow-up, are probably the parents that are least likely to take your advice to heart.
- long-term survivors have a tendency towards weight problem – Instead of bmi issues due to weight being HIGH, maybe height is LOW. It is possible that if there IS a weight issue, it could be related to the growth or thyroid issues they said we common.
- telling you she called – well, she did call. I got the feeling she called because I complained loud loud enough and to anyone who would listen. I don’t know if they’ll make important changes to what is disclosed in front of kids, but they can’t say they weren’t told.
I suggested ways she can be REALISTIC in her expectations:
- TV – we have an agreement, the kids can watch whatever they want for however long they want to watch it. BUT. During commercials, before and after the show they have to get on the exercise bike, jump rope, or hula hoop. Picker of the show, gets pick of exercise.
- Computer – For every half-hour of outside time (it’s freaking hot!) they get a poker chip good foe fifteen minutes of computer time. I have the world’s COOLEST timer that I’ll show you.
- Fruits/veggies – another way to earn “computer poker chips” is a fruit/veggie snack every day for a week instead of snack-SNACK
I definitely don’t have all the all the answers.
I know what works for MY kids.
But maybe they’ll help for yours too.