Thursday 18 October 2012

It's just not like me to forget.

Pichu is 2 yrs old now, but when he was just 2 weeks old he became sick, and quickly, and ended up in hospital for a few days.  

He had been asleep for a few hours, and Coder started wondering if that was ok?  (we have never had good sleeping babies).  I didn't want to wake Pichu up by checking on him, especially if he was just starting to have longer sleeping sessions.  But Coder was adamant (he is a worrier), so I did check on him, only to find this:

So of course we freaked just a little.  How does vomit get all the way over there?  And why is it bright yellow and frothy?!  So I rang the Health Direct number and they told me to take him straight to the ER.

Unfortunately, because of his size and they weren't sure what was going on with him (he was very lethargic) they took us straight to the resus room.  Can I say, that I really hate that room?  Instantly I am transported back a year when Oshawott almost died. He had chronic pneumonia in both lungs, which ended up actually being Pertussis. 

Maybe a little gross now, but that photo helped the doctors, in their diagnosis of hydronephrosis.  They had to collect a urine sample, from a 2 week old!  Oh joy.  I am not sure what it is called, some kind of bladder tap?  They put a needle into his lower abdomen to draw out a urine sample.  

Hydronephrosis is the swelling of the kidneys when urine flow is obstructed in any of part of the urinary tract. Swelling of the ureter, which always accompanies hydronephrosis, is called hydroureter. Hydronephrosis implies that a ureter and the renal pelvis (the connection of the ureter to the kidney) are overfilled with urine.

He was admitted. 

Our Little Jean-luc Picard look-a-like.

After a course of IV anti-biotics and an ultrasound we came home with an appointment scheduled to have another ultrasound 6 weeks later.

Thankfully, it had cleared itself up. 

Now here is the part where I am forgetful. At the second ultrasound they told me it was just something that would need to be done every 12months (an ultrasound).  Opps.  He just turned 2. It was only at his Paediatric appointment last week (for his chronic constipation.. sigh) when the doctor mentioned it, asking if we had had an ultrasound done.  I could have slapped myself on the forhead.

It is important to keep checking in case it returns, as even though it may not show any symptoms, it could be affecting his kidney, scarring it.  It is something that may not be detected until he is a teenager, and it's certainly not ideal to find out that you only have one functioning kidney when there is nothing they can do about it.

I blame the complete lack of sleep in those early weeks, I had immediately thrown that little bit of info to the deep dark overtired reaches of my mind.

So today, he has an appointment for an ultrasound.  I really hope we can be thankful for a positive result.

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  1. It's so scary when little ones are sick. My daughter was admitted for emergency surgery when she was 14 months old and it still makes me catch my breath to think about her with all of those tubes. So glad to hear all went well in your case x

  2. Oh dear poor little Pichu, it breaks your heart. I hope all goes well with the ultrasound today xx

  3. So scary when you're little ones are sick. I do hate that helpless feeling. Hope all goes wonderfully today xx

  4. Oh, that must have been terrifying. Best wishes for good news today.

  5. oh those pics are so sad :( My fingers are crossed for a good result.

  6. awww poor little Pichu, Hope all goes well with the ultrasound!

  7. Gosh, how scarey that must have been! Don't feel too bad about forgetting, it's so easy to do, even with something important. I will cross everything I have that you get a good result. And those photos? Break my heart, poor little poppet.

  8. I think it's easy to forget when you have a healthy child- even when they were very sick once. Hope you get good results :)

  9. Ahh I remember being the lucky one to bring you both home from hospital that time :-/ hope all went well today?

  10. Oh look at how tiny he is... Pulls at your heart strings! Sophie you are one strong mama to see your children through hard times. I honestly don't know how I would cope. All the best for his results :)

    Sophie xo

  11. One of my friends' had a similar experience when her baby was only very little. They still test him each year to check that there has been no further damage so you are not alone. I hope the tests come back with a good result - don't beat yourself up about it too much!

  12. I pray and believe that for sure that the results will be positive!We sometimes forget as we try to bury the bad memories that some things bring!

  13. I shake my head at what some parents have to go through. What a worry for you all. I hope everything is ok.


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