Today we almost quit foster care. We are worn down. All because I am concerned about how lethargic my baby is.
This morning the baby's SW and bios took her for a follow up appointment with her doctor. The one who sent her to the hospital and never visited her. He said that the reason she is anemic is because we are watering down bottles! Wow, it is a good thing I wasn't there. It is also a good thing that the SW and the bios both said that they did not believe that we are watering down bottles.
Having the bios stand up for us is a big thing. It could have very easily gone a different way. They could have gotten mad and requested that their baby be moved. They could have accused us of not taking proper care of their baby. But, they chose not to. They actually stood up for us based on what they have seen of their kids during visitation. We have only met them once, at the hospital.
So, after such a strong defense of us the doctor determined that the baby has a virus. He didn't even look at her. He didn't even feel that she needed any iron supplements.
So, what do I do if she doesn't improve? Yes, I went and bought some iron supplements today. It is not a prescription so I can do this. I hope that it helps her to become more active but I worry about what is causing the anemia. I know it is not because of her diet and this concerns me.
Can she get proper medical care as a foster child?