Hannah has annual lab work to keep eyes on her thyroid, celiac, iron, and white blood cell count (WBC) - these specific items can be more likely in people with DS. The high white blood cell count can at times be a lens to possible leukemia.
We had her blood drawn this past Friday. The phlebotomist was a woman we see every year. We both restrained Hannah a bit and got the needle in Hannah’s left arm. The phlebotomist didn’t hit the vein well enough (!!) and kept trying to maneuver the needle back into a vein - for the love of God woman, it’s your ONE job!! Hannah was wailing and I was very close to barking at her. She finally stopped, removed the needle and gave Hannah a break. She called in some help and the three of us held Hannah steady while she successfully got Hannah’s right arm.
Hannah thankfully bounces back quickly and we were on our way.
By the midday Friday, her WBC had been reported - normal range is 5-14.5 and Hannah’s was 2.93. Now, if I wasn’t informed and didn’t know low WBC can be quite common with kids who have DS, I would have freaked out. BUT all of Hannah’s other numbers were in normal range, so I knew she was okay.
Her pediatrician knew this and agreed Hannah is probably fine, but we have to get lab work done again in two weeks - wah wahhhh.
Also of note - my last trick for digging into Hannah’s sleep was her iron/ferritin levels - which were also normal.
So now we know it’s 100% behavioral. Ack!