12/06/2012

Medical stuff...

It seems as though since we've arrived home from India, Charu has had all of the spotlight in regards to medical issues.  When we arrived home we had countless routine tests done on Charu and some of them were less than fun.  Results from the tests showed that she needed a round of strong antibiotics to get rid of hook worms and after getting rid of the hook worms we then learned that she also had giardia.  Not fun, but pretty typical for a child who lived in an orphanage for the first few years of her life.  Once Charu was feeling better and her appetite was picking up, Charu caught a nasty virus and had a seizure which landed her in the children's hospital for a few days.  In the hospital, they ran every test imaginable including a spinal tap.  After that time, Charu has stayed relatively healthy with the help of her endocrinologist (and her one visit to the cardiologist which turned out to be nothing) who regulates her Thyroid medication every three months.

Allie, being the oldest child, must have decided that she didn't want to be left out.  She's been having recurring UTI's and so her pediatrician decided to do an ultrasound the day before Thanksgiving.  I've had at least 40 ultrasounds through our infertility treatments and so I'm pretty good at reading them and knowing when somethings not quite right.  The day after Thanksgiving my suspicions were confirmed when our pediatrician's nurse called to inform us that Allie only  has one kidney and the one that she has is not working at 100%.  They referred us to a nephrologist back at the children's hospital.

On Monday, I took Allie to the nephrologist and he spent a long time talking to us about living with one kidney.  Basically, we need to work hard at taking care of her one kidney.  This morning we did bloodwork and urine tests to get a better look at how everything is working together.

That's about all we know for now.  We are going to pray that Allie's one kidney is relatively healthy and that it stays that way.  We also pray that we have little to no complications throughout her life.  Any prayers that can be sent our way would be much appreciated!!!

7 comments:

JJ said...

My sweet friend, I know that you are going through so much and are so strong through it all. I have been prying for Allie's (and Charu's) health. I'm sending you tight hugs and kisees to those 2 little sweet babies. Hang in there.

No Greater Love said...

I am so praying for you! You are just doing so fabulous!!! You are such an inspiration to me. :)

Cathy said...

Saying prayers for your sweet little girl. Hang in there Mama. You are doing a great job. Medical stuff with your kids is just no fun, trust me but it does bring out supermom powers. You and she can do this!

Sarah said...

I've been thinking about you and about Allie....praying, praying, praying for your family! It sounds like she is doing amazingly well, considering she only has one kidney.

Kristen said...

How in the world did I miss this post??? Wow- that's a lot to take in. I will be praying for Allie and praying for her kidney, that it would be healthy and fully functioning. I will also be praying for you- for comfort, peace, wisdom and strength. Hang in there- you've got lots of people who love you and support you!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about Allie's situation. I will pray for her life to be uncomplicated and for her continued health. Love, Aunt Joann

Susan Strauss | Online PhD UK said...

I deeply touched with your story that I was almost teary eyed while reading about Allie. I just hope and wish for the best for Allie. Don’t lose hope. I know God answers the prayers of sincere and loving hearts. Stay strong Allie. I believe He will never lose hold on you. Just be a good girl. Jesus loves you!

Susan from Online PhD UK Programs