Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Abrupt Transitions

So, how did you like going from happy happy beach posts to graveyard posts? In the Klug house we love nothing more than a nice dichotomy. We are home from vacation, and have been for a while, it just takes me so darn long to upload pictures to blogger that I always manage to fall a week behind (or longer) in my posts. This post is written in real-time, or at least with only a few hours of delay.

Tomorrow Nic goes in for his big round of blood tests to determine exactly what kind of sickle cell problems he has. We have to go to the hospital and check him in as an outpatient, then they will pull vials and vials of blood and study some there and send others to Mayo clinic. We won't know any results until the end of the month. We've waited a rather long time already, and done so fairly well. I've probably been a little short tempered at times, and I'm sure I've eaten a few too many chocolate chip cookies (thanks for leaving so many in the freezer, mom), but the wait has been manageable and it is only THREE MORE WEEKS.

Nic is still symptom free, which is a great sign either way. Even if he does have sickle cell disease, I've read that severity of symptoms in the first year correlates with severity of illness later in life, so we are hopeful that if he has it his form will be milder. I am willing to sit in the hospital for the sake of Nicolas, but if I can do it once or twice a year instead of three of four times...well, I don't think I need to elaborate on why that would be preferable.

Please pray that the person drawing blood would be able to find a "good" vein quickly. Once they have the butterfly in Nicolas calms down, but if he has to endure multiple sticks he will be rather unhappy. He already had to go and get another round of vaccinations earlier this week, and that's just never fun, so the poor child is traumatized enough as it is. I know I'm "done" watching him get poked, so I can't imagine how he feels.


Nicole said...

Praying for you guys! You have been often in my thoughts. I'll be praying that it all goes well for Nic!!

Becky said...

Praying for you!!!