Some gems from the nurses:
~ One of them repeatedly referred to him as a "special angel." Ugh. Ugh. Did I mention ugh?
~ One of them commented on how "they're all so flexible and bendy!" And honestly, Finn has never been overly flexible. He's always had pretty good muscle tone and doesn't appear to have loose ligaments. But whatever, right? It's just the pigeon-holing him that bothers me.
~ The recovery room nurse, who talked in this extremely cheerful, sing-song voice, confided in me that she had a friend whose son "is Downs too." I just nodded with a dumb smile pasted to my face.
I mean, okay. These people were all being nice. They were kind to me and to Finn. So I kept asking myself why I was letting this stuff bother me. It's just words. Right? But here's the thing - here's the conclusion I've come to: if you're going to use stereotypical characterizations, if you're going to use outdated terminology, it tells me that you have outdated ideas and views of what people with Ds are really like. And that bothers me.
Okay, so Finn has developed this awful, bumpy dry skin, especially on his arms and legs. Joey had eczema when he was really little, so I wonder if it's that.
Also, he's currently got a terrible, terrible diaper rash. His poor little bottom is cherry red and prone to bleeding. Nothing in his diet has changed, so I can't really figure this out. I've been treating it with alternating A & D ointment and Triple Cream, but it only seems to help minorly and temporarily.
Suggestions for the dry skin and the diaper rash, please?