Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I know so many people say not to have the quad screen done, b/c there are so many false positives. However, I have always had it done with my pregnancies. My opinion is that it doesn't matter if there is anything wrong with the baby, God gave me this baby and he/she is mine. It doesn't change my love or feelings for the baby. However, if something is wrong I would like to know ahead of time so I can start preparing myself for what is to come. The next week and a half is going to be very stressful for me, but I think in the long run it's worth it to me. As many of you know, I'm a very emotional person, so this has hit me pretty hard. The wait until our appointment is the toughest part. I'll keep everyone updated.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The doctor called that evening. He said that everything was fine with her urnine and that almost everything was okay with her blood. He said that her kidneys are fine and her thyroid is fine. Her amino acids were a little low, that that's fine, they worry when they are too high. He said that she has acidosis of the blood. Most of you are probably like me and don't know what that is. Basically, one of the chemicals in her blood is low. The bicarbinate is low. The doctor said that it was not significantly low, but that it was low. He wanted to consult the nephrologist at LeBonheur, the children's hospital here in Memphis. They would talk and decide if everything is okay or if we need to go for further testing. My doctor said that the acidosis could be nothing or it could be something more serious. It could just be that Palmer was a little dehydrated that day or it could mean that she has RTA (Renal Tubual Acidosis). Ryan was able to talk to the doctor. Ryan isn't worried, b/c he has so much medical knowledge and knows that the levels aren't very low, so everything should be okay. However, me being Mommy, it was horrible. The fact that there could be something wrong with my baby about killed me. I've been emotionally a wreck. I'm trying to be postive, but it's hard. The doctor said he would call me once he talked to the other doctors. So here is where the waiting game began.
I talked to my doctor last Monday and hadn't heard anything by Friday, so I called the doctor's office. He called me back that afternoon and apologized that it took so long, but he hadn't heard back from the nephrologist all week. He called him that day until he got him on the phone, so he would have something to tell me. Both doctors agreed that Palmer's bicarbinate levels were low, but not significantly low, so they decided that we need to redo labs in 2 to 4 weeks to recheck and go from there. They also want to recheck her phosphorus level in her blood, b/c it was low. If this is RTA, then that would explain why she is so little. However, we might do bloodwork again and everything will be fine and that just means that she's a petite little girl with a great metabolism. Let me tell you, this girl can eat like a champ. Some nights she eats more than I do, and that's saying a lot considering I'm pregnant. So, now we get to continue the waiting game. I'm going to take Palmer to the lab on Oct. 8 and the doctor said he would read the labs on the the 13th or 14th. So we have to wait until then to get an answer. Please pray for Palmer and myself in the next few weeks. The waiting is the hardest part. I'll let everyone know once we get the results.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
We went to the lab today to have urine and blood drawn. Poor little baby, it was so sad. They stuck her arm and drew a lot of blood. While we were waiting for her to urinate, they said they were going to have to stick her again, b/c it wasn't enough blood for all the tests the doctor ordered. So now they stuck her other arm and took more blood. She was actually really good, considering. Of course she screamed, but it wasn't as bad as I anticipated. Emerson was there to help entertain her. Actually, she entertained everyone there. I dont' know when we'll get the results back, hopefully sooner than later. Here are a couple of her one year pictures:
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Just chilling in one of my birthday outfits mom made me.
Here is a video of Emerson signing Happy Birthday to Palmer. She needed a little encouragement in front of the camera. She's been singing happy birthday to her for a week, but of course would not perform on camera. As you can see in the video, she will work for treats.