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  1. Test for One Thing, Find Another

    September 8, 2011 by Michelle

    After a little bit of procrastination & getting through a summer cold, I finally bit the bullet and did the urine test with Grace last week.

    This was not a fun test. To do it, we had to literally attach a bag with adhesive to her and wait. She took it much better than I was expecting, and once we managed to collect & get it to the doctors office, I relaxed.

    Test Results Call – “Good News and Not-so-good News”

    As baby bunny was racing around downstairs and I was gathering the energy to put her to bed last night, the pediatrician called. “I have good news and not-so-good news.”

    Good News – She does not have what we were testing for, Renal Tubular Acidosis (RTA).

    Not-so-good News – She was positive for a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

    Ugh. As if having a UTI isn’t bad enough on it’s own, if she’s had it for a while undiagnosed, it could contribute to low weight gain. However, it’s a very unlikely cause she tells me. Could be totally unrelated and caught by chance!

    She also tells me, it could be a false positive. The only way to know for sure is to catheterize her and test again. She asks us to come in as soon as possible. Double ugh.

    Rush to the Doctor, to be Sent Home

    Tonight, after work (and two awful commutes with the flooding everywhere) I rushed right back out with baby bunny to have the follow up test done. Unfortunately, one of the docs never made it in today and when we showed up, no one could take us. So now, this semi-urgent test is delayed at least one more day, possibly two.

    Until then, I wait, wondering if she’s in pain and uncomfortable or perfectly fine. Though I don’t know anything yet, I can’t help but feel guilty that she may have been in pain for a long time. I can only hope the next test shows the first one was a false positive, then I only have to think about her being small.

    Update 9/9/11
    Second test showed no UTI. Phew.


  2. Blood Tests Inconclusive – More Tests to Come

    August 11, 2011 by Michelle

    After 3 phone calls in 5 days from my pediatrician (love that she’s giving us this much attention) I know very little. I’ve been up and down as she’s told us the results are mostly good but after consulting with others given us more things we need to test.

    Thyroid, blood count, and liver function were all good. However, her Celiac panel and Metobolic panel each had something that we’ll have to look into further.

    Disclaimer: The following is a summary as I understood it when it was explained to me and is unique to our situation. If you are in a similar situation, please speak with your own doctor.

    Celiac Panel – Low IGA

    The baseline IGA level (a type of antibody) was on the low side which apparently makes it hard to interpret the rest of the panel. According to the pediatrician, children with low IGA usually also have other symptoms such as chronic ear infections, which Baby Bunny doesn’t have. So it could be a fluke, but we’ll have to run this blood test again in a few months. Celiac faqs.

    Metabolic Panel – Low CO2

    Her CO2 levels were a little below the normal range. Apparently low CO2 could indicate Renal Tubular Acidosis (RTA), a disease of the kidneys. We’re doing a urine test to rule out this uncommon cause of slow growth.

    GI & Nutrition Consult in a Month

    With an inconclusive Metabolic panel, the pediatrician went ahead and ordered a Gastrointestinal and Nutrition consult. Those were difficult to schedule, but after half-an-hour on the phone I managed to get them back-to-back on a Friday morning in September. I’m grateful to have them scheduled finally so I don’t have to think about them for a while.

    I’ve included links for more information on both of the possible diseases, but I have not looked into either extensively because it is not worth it! I’m doing pretty well not freaking out, so why worry myself with details of diseases she might not have? The tests can rule things out, eventually leaving what I believe in my heart to be true, she’s perfectly fine.