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We have officially finished the epic adventure of rediagnosing Jude. In summary when I got her referral it looked like this:

Absent Septum Pellucidum
Patent Foramen Ovale
Tricuspid Insufficiency
Heart Murmur
Retinopathy of Prematurity
Cosmetic deformity (large ears)
Mild Global delays
History of severe Global delays
History of Premature birth

Here is what her actual diagnoses are:

Absent Septum Pellucidum
Neurofibromatosis type 1
Tuberous sclerosis
Strabismus
Nystagmus
Astigmatism
Mild delays in Speech and Gross Motor skills
Cosmetic deformity (ears)
History of premature birth
(other social history)

Note the differences? Having Jude reevaluated in America (at the advice of our Bulgarian NGO on trip 1) was worth it. Her eyes, heart, and delays are all much less serious than we initially thought whereas her neurological and a few other things will need continued follow up throughout her life.

Jude did great during the MRI yesterday. Obviously her not stone cold normal results rattled a few medical people over the last 48 hours but it was what we had anticipated the past few weeks and are relieved that the outcome was not more serious and Jude can return to the business of just being a kid.

Lesson to share: when adopting, especially from overseas take the time to have your child fully evaluated by your medical team. Even if they have already done so in their country of birth.

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