Thursday, March 23, 2006

kids and kidneys

I got a phone call this morning from a very pleasant RN to let me know that I'm scheduled for a level 4 ultrasound next Wednesday. "We don't want you to be worried," she said. So of course I start crying.

One of the baby's kidneys is swollen. The specialist will be able to find out more information. You know, if you search around on the net long enough, you can find just as much information to make an abnormality seem normal as to make you fear the worst.



Blogger Notsocranky Yankee said...

Right after I successfully commented here this morning, I went to another blog and had trouble with the word verification as well. Oddly, the verification was s-m-e-n-i-t-a and that's was I'm looking at right now here -- can't wait to see if it works. I had to save my comment, exit the blog, and come back in to get a new verification. Sorry, this is a long comment, but I've never had problems commenting and I've never had the same word verification. Coincidence? I think not.

The above comment was meant for your "mute" post but I couldn't get it to work. I got the smenita word twice (exiting my browser in between) and when attempting a third time, I got a blogger error message. This is pissing me off...

11:05 AM  
Blogger Notsocranky Yankee said...

I also wanted to tell you not to worry about the baby. (I know, easier said than done.) When I was pregnant with Bob, we had an ultrasound at the in-processing (I had miscarried just a couple months before). The technician thought she saw a problem with his brain and they wouldn't even continue with my in-processing! We went home freaking out after being referred to a specialist for another ultrasound. We ended up nervously going in, wondering if we should give up the idea of a third child. The doctor said everything looked normal and perhaps the office had worried us needlessly. As a consolation, we did get a 3-D ultrasound that was absolutely amazing -- it looked like Bob was waving to us!

I'm sure John is just fine!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

It's easy to say 'don't worry' when I'm a continent away.

But don't worry.

Your worries will do nothing to change things for the better. You can choose your emotions, and since all worrying will do is make you miserable, choose to not worry about it.

And as far as L's limited vocabulary, it's very rare that both motor and language skills develop simultaneously. My pediatrician explained that to me at one of my son's 18 month checkup. At that point he only knew four words. Within two weeks he was forming short sentences.


7:30 PM  
Blogger Questing Parson said...

My son and his wife just went through what you're facing. So I know the anxiety you're feeling.

If you don't mind this old country parson will put you on his prayer list.

8:04 PM  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Good luck, sweetie! We're worried about our baby's heart as defects run in the family. I had the same reaction when they told me that - cried like a baby. 3-D ultrasound on April 3rd. I'm terrified, but trying not to think about it. I'm sure verything will be fine with your little boy. Keep me posted!

5:52 AM  
Blogger James said...

You know, if you search around on the net long enough, you can find just as much information to make an abnormality seem normal as to make you fear the worst.

So true. My doctor friends say stay off the net for these things.

And don't worry.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Thanks all. I'm grateful to know such kind people. It helps that so many of you are good parents (and parents of pets and parents-to-be!) too. As always, I have a lot to learn from others.

p.s. I got stuck on s-m-e-n-i-t-a, too. Odd.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Hamel said...

THinking of you and your child.

OFten times I can't help but wonder if too much technology is a bad thing. With two of our boys we were worried sick over various diagnoses and such. All worked out, and I wish the same for you.

8:11 PM  
Blogger mal said...

hang in *S* most of the stuff they look at because of pure paranoia.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...


8:21 AM  

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