Thursday, April 21, 2011

Connor's Ultrasound

After getting the news about Aiden's multicystic kidney (with the knowledge of Cole's two multicystic kidneys), I requested from my geneticist that we do an ultrasound on Connor's kidney. They happily obliged and even seemed like they thought it was a good idea. We scheduled the ultrasound for Tuesday. Connor did so well. We brought him a bottle as a special treat, hoping he'd lay still and drink while they squirt the jelly over his belly and back. It worked! He was entertained for almost the whole appointment. The only nervewracking part was when the technician told us, after speaking with a doctor about the images, that she'd need to take some more photos of his right kidney. Definitely not a good feeling!

Normally we hear back about the results right away. When Mr. Howard and I had our ultrasounds we got a phone call that night. When we had Cole's ultrasound, we got the call from the geneticist that day. When I had Aiden's ultrasound, they told us right there at the appointment. So we were more than surprised when we went to bed Tuesday night not having talked to a doctor. By Wednesday, I was nervous. I sent an email to our geneticist asking her if she had heard anything. By this morning I was formulating theories in my head: perhaps the results were not good and they needed to speak with a nephrologist (kidney doctor) to formulate a plan for Connor...perhaps they were trying to see if he would need surgery to have his kidney removed...

This morning I woke up thinking I couldn't let it go any longer and so I phoned the geneticist and left her a message. Within about 20 minutes, she called back, apologising. Apparently the notification had gone to the genetics doctors and they are all out this week (for Easter). She didn't even know that no one had called us. Happily she told us that Connor's kidneys were great! There are no cysts at all and neither of them are enlarged. Thank God!

This helps the case for the argument that I do not have polycystic kidney disease and that Cole's diagnosis of multicystic dysplastic kidney disease was accurate. What a rollercoaster! Now we just need to keep praying that Aiden's one kidney stays healthy. I'm going to also ask for a referrel to a nephrologist after my next ultrasound so that I can get some questions answered about what will happen when Aiden is born (Will he be rushed to the NICU? Will he have to have tests and scans done immediately? Will we get to take him home like normal? What will his life with only one kidney be like?).

Thanks for your prayers and good thoughts!

5 comments:

Daddy's Dream ~Mommy's Miracle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Praising God for healthy kidneys. Continued prayers for Baby Aiden!

Lindsey said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yea for Connor's kidney!!! AND good news...you can live a TOTALLY NORMAL LIFE with just 1 kidney...except the only bad news is that he will NOT be able to play any contact sports. I know this because my brother only has one kidney (found out when he was junior in highschool)...and I happen to be a kidney nurse :)

courtney said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

YAY!!!! I am so glad everything went well for Connor!!!

Mrs. Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh Lindsey, that is wonderful news! Did your brother have to have his kidney removed or did one of them stop working? I had no idea you were a kidney nurse!! I always wondered what type of nurse you were!

Kirsten said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

YAY!

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