June 26th, 2005

Dillon is one, and now has a second tooth!
He has been working on that second tooth for a while and Friday it finally came all the way through the gum. Woohoo!!!
His birthday party was a hit and he got tons of much needed clothes, seems he outgrew all his other clothes over night. There are pictres in the photo albums link, in the 9-12 month album.

On July 15th, Dillon is going to see an orthopedic surgeon. He has been in physical therapy for the torticollis for almost six months, and we were seeing great progress. Lately, the progress has come to a standstill so it’s time to have it looked in to further, as torticollis is generally better after three months of therapy. In the mean time, he is still in PT for it. Kristen, his therapist, is doing a great job and he has really taken well to her.
His occupational therapy is going wonderful! He is getting so great at picking up smaller foods with his fingers, and it actually makes it to his mouth ๐Ÿ˜‰ He has a blast banging toys together, clapping, and is also learning to place objects in to containers.

His one year well baby check up is tomorrow so I will post an update with his official hieght and weight.

June 16th, 2005

It went very well, not much to update, He wants ot follow up with Dillon in three months.
Dillon got his first real hair cut last night, Doug took about an inch off. Let me tell you, it was no easy task ๐Ÿ™‚ There is pictures of it in Dillon’s photo albums (link on the right).

Dr. Jackson appeared in a local magazine called Metro Prent for Father’s Day, I wanted to share it:

Taking fatherhood at face value

In medical circles he’s known as one of the fathers of plastic surgery, yet even Dr. Ian Jackson was struck with how ironic it was that his first of two grandchildren was born with a cleft lip and palate. But the Scottish native who came to the Institute for Craniofacial and Reconstructive Surgery in Southfield by way of the Mayo Clinic did what he does best. He operated on Max, now 7, and will likely perform smaller surgeries as needed.

Dr. Jackson has worked with countless parents whose children have been diagnosed with various anomalies, and knows how difficult it is for both – especially the father.

“Children go to their mothers when they’re not feeling well. It’s difficult to know what part you play as a father,” he says. Most lend support to their wives, which is of great comfort in itself, but it is hard not knowing what to do.

Just over 28 years ago, Dr. Jackson was in a situation where he wasn’t quite sure what to do either. He was in Peru on a charity medical mission when a father brought in a 20-month-old named David.

“I didnรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt know what I was looking at, this boy had lost his whole mid-face,” says Dr. Jackson, who describes his own childhood in Glasgow as being unhappy and disruptive while WW II was waging. David’s face had been eaten away by a parasitic disease called leishmaniasis.

Dr. Jackson agreed to help him if David could come to Scotland. A few months later, an aid worker dropped him off at the Jackson’s home.

“The question was what were we going to do with him? We had four children of our own,” says Dr. Jackson, the “we” referring to him and his wife, Marjorie.

But his children, Andrew, Linda, Sarah and Susan took it in stride. Years later, the Jacksons adopted David after a long journey to find the boy’s father and receive his blessing.

After dozens of surgeries, David, now 30 and living in California, still shows signs of his childhood trauma. His story has been the subject of a BBC documentary, a movie, and a book written by Marjorie.

The Jacksons’ other children are scattered about, two live in the area, one is in New York, and the other in Atlanta. They visit whenever possible, and their father is especially fond of times when they are all gathered around for a great meal.

He says his experience with David restored his faith in human beings. “It was a great lesson on how good people are,” he says. And each day that he helps another family cope with a medical crisis, Dr. Jackson is just setting that same example for us all.
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June 6th, 2005

Is good news! I have not updated in a while because there is nothing new going on. Therapy is going well, and Dillon doesn’t usually mind wearing his helmet. He sleeps very well with it on at night, but will grab at it occasionaly during the day.
The Little Man is almosy a year old ๐Ÿ™ His 1 year well baby is on the 27th of this month, and he has follow up with Dr. Jackson on the 13th.
He still has only the one lonely tooth, but I think there will be more coming soon.
I will update again after his appointment with Dr. Jackson, in the meantime I just wanted everyone to know I hadn’t forgotten this journal exists ๐Ÿ™‚

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