Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Now An Update On Sweet BooBoo

And that's our nickname for Ava (not that she was a boo boo, not really sure how that started). We found out today she did indeed have an actual kidney infection, not just bladder. So, she will have to have the tests I mentioned before. We will soon be going to the pediatric urologist because there's no way I'm making her go through the VCUG without sedation. Of course, we will be praying it shows no reflux, but if it does, she may have to have surgery to correct it later on. But I'm not gonna worry about that right now.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34
She did great for the pee-pee cup today. She was actually excited to do it. I had been pumping her up about it for a few days so she wouldn't be hesitant. After the appointment, she got a little "toy surprise" as she calls it (mainly because she doesn't consider any food items a surprise). That was also because she did so well during the very long diabetic teaching appointment for Kevin yesterday.
Wow, so much at one time! But we'll make it, one day/appointment at a time.
But also, like I've read/heard before and agree, God does give us more than we can handle sometimes. He just never gives us more than He can handle. When we feel too weak to bare it all, it is His strength that gets us through when we seek Him at those toughest times.
"...My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2Corinthians 12:9

Monday, March 9, 2009

Little Update On My Sweet Babah

That's my nickname for Kevin (long story). He was feeling better over the weekend, so thank you to those that prayed for him. The doubling up on medicine must have kicked in too. I hate that he has to do that right now, and I hope they don't put him on shots today at the diabetic clinic. I hope once he feels even better he can start exercising more and watch his diet to get it down to where he won't even have to take anything. And, of course, I'm still hoping getting that gallbladder out will help bring down that glucose too (and get rid of his pain).
For now, we'll take it one day at a time and trust God to get us back to normal soon.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Rollercoaster Week

That's what it has felt like this past week. We have been in and out of dr.'s offices all week. We still don't know everything that could be going on with Kevin. They do know part of the problem has been his glucose levels are suddenly way too high. Which when they sent him to the ophthalmologist about his eyes is what they attributed the blurriness and pain to (the internist's office actually called to have him rush back over while we at the eye center when they discovered how high his sugar was). It seemed inevitable he could eventually have to face diabetes since both parents have/had it. We were hoping to keep it at bay several more years. So, they put him on medication for it. It's just weird since it has always been at a good number til now. He had to have an ultrasound of the liver and gallbladder, which showed he has gallstones. They couldn't get a good picture of the liver they said, so he may have to have a CT.
He is still feeling pretty bad most of the time, including his eyes are not any better. We have more appointments next week, so hopefully we'll get it all figured out and treated. So, please continue the prayers for him.

I had to reschedule Ava's follow-up twice last week, and it's now Tuesday. She's still doing fine, but I guess we'll find out then if she has to have more tests. I may ask them to go ahead and do her shots to get them over with.

Today Ava and I got outside for a while for her to ride her scooter. What a difference in the weather from last Saturday. Looks like we're gonna have to go shorts shopping.
And I promise to try not to complain about the heat too much this year.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Prayer S.O.S.!

Ava had a really good birthday, I'll try to post pictures soon (I did manage a backyardigans cake, barely). But then the week took a bad turn for her while we were in Collierville to see mimi and pops, and go to Chuck E Cheese.
On Tuesday she started burning every time she went pee-pee. So, of course, I immediately thought UTI (even though she actually had no other symptoms). She already had an appointment for Wednesday for her 4yr check up, so we had to trade shots for a pee pee cup and blood work. It did show she has an infection, and apparently they take them a little more serious when the child is under 8. So, she may actually have to have some further testing. For now, they will do a culture on the urine and there's more to come back on the blood, then they'll let us know about other tests when she goes back this Wednesday.
Those may include a renal ultrasound just to make sure the kidneys look normal, and then a VCUG-the one I really am not looking forward to. That involves a cath (basically looks for kidney reflux), so we'll have the option of going to a ped. urologist and having it done with sedation. They do it at the office here, but no sedation. Uhm, I don't think so. She remembers things too well now (not to mention having to watch her go through it), there's no way I'm putting her through that kind of trauma awake. They're done pretty commonly, though, because getting infections this young and if they reoccur often can cause scarring in the kidneys later on.

Please pray for us everything comes back okay, and no further tests are needed. As of right now, the antibiotic they put her on seems to be helping because she has had no more burning since Friday. That along with all the cranberry juice I've been giving her (I think she may start looking like the cranberry version of the blueberry girl on Willy Wonka soon).

Aaaand, Kevin, my sweet hubby, needs your prayers too. We're not sure what's going on exactly, but he's had some weird symptoms since Thursday. I really think his thyroid is out of whack and his medicine he just started a few months ago might need adjusting. At least I hope that's all it is. He's just very lethargic, very blurred vision, thirsty, and a little lack in appetite. I'm concerned it could be his glucose levels too, although he's not diabetic as of now. He thinks the blurry vision could be optic nerve inflammation because they hurt at times and feel tired. I'm going to call early in the morning and see if they'll work him in at his internist.

So, it looks like I will be clinging to one of my favorites this week, Psalm 46, that starts with "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble". I actually have that first line on a fortune cookie-size piece of paper in my car's ashtray that I got attached to a flower pen at a women's conference a few years ago. I remember I wanted to hold onto it, so to keep up with it at the time I put in there. I like that I can pull it out every now and then when I'm sitting in the car. I may just have to put it in my pocket for the next few weeks.