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Thursday, July 23, 2009
We have had a lonnnnggggg week. Nolan hasn't been napping well. Or sleeping well at night. It is raining incessantly, and the long list of laboratory tests was looming large in my mind. So I decided to get it over with and started the testing marathon yesterday.
I stopped by a local satellite lab to see about the testing requirements. The GI doc didn't say if the blood work had to be after a fast or not. I also wasn't sure about the whole stool sample collection deal. The thing stressing me out the most was the urinalysis, because Nolan is unable to voluntarily void. Getting a "clean catch" is quite the ordeal.
They sent me to the main lab at the hospital to pick up the stool sample supplies. There was a long list of forbidden food for the occult blood test card. For three days prior to the test, Nolan wasn't supposed to have eaten any bananas, grapes, melon, etc. Not a problem, since he isn't eating most things. I took the bags of collection materials home and managed to get sufficient material by the end of the day.
Nolan woke up at 2:30am today. And didn't go back to sleep until 6:00am. My patience is shot. And I have to get a urine sample. I gave him some water (which was allowed prior to the blood work) and waited. And waited. And waited. NOTHING. I gave up and we went to the lab to get the blood drawn. They drew about 7 or 8 tubes, and that was with consolidating the tests as much as possible. I certainly hope we get some answers with all of this testing!
Then we tried to get some urine again. I had two boys in the laboratory bathroom, two boxes of apple juice, and waterproof pads spread on the floor. I begged, I pleaded. No dice- it just wasn't going to happen. After an hour and a half in the laboratory bathroom, we gave up and went home. I did finally get a sample using a urine collection bag, but these are easily contaminated and are not considered a "clean catch." Whatever- hopefully nothing will grow and we'll be done with the whole mess. Because Nolan is a PUV boy, he may be quite delayed with obtaining toilet training milestones. I'm not worried about it, but goodness gracious it can make urine samples difficult! At least we didn't have to resort to a catheter.
Now we just have the excruciatingly long wait for lab results. We should get them at the follow up appointment at the end of August. I'm not a terribly patient person, so waiting is a challenge for me. Especially when my kid's health is on the line.