|Feeling trapped in the fish bowl of medical issues!|
The appointment took almost the full 3 hours we were told it would. He had an EKG and, based on those results and the results of the doctor listening to his heart, he had a cardiac ultrasound. That ultrasound has got to be one of the longest ultrasounds I have ever been part of. Good thing that they had a movie playing, but Wildman is so inquisitive. He was trying to find out about what they were seeing and he just kept being told to watch the movie. That really upset me. Why not answer his simple questions? Anyway, after everything, it was determined that he has 2 murmurs. One is more prominent when he is sitting and the other is more prominent when he is laying down. We were told that they are innocent murmurs. They won't get worse and, many times, they go away with age. This was a definite relief!
The second medical issue is a little more personal. I am only writing about it because I had never heard of any issues and it wasn't until another mother had a similar question posted on the Instinctual Mamas Facebook page that I felt I should write about it. Starting in May, about a month or two after starting Wildman on cloth diapers at night, he would wake up in the morning saying his penis hurt. This happened, off and on until the end of May. We had gone to see Kung Fu Panda II and my husband took Wildman to the bathroom. It was at this time that my husband noticed that there was blood coming from his penis. We called the pediatrician and got an appointment. This would be the first of many.
At the first appointment, we were told that this could be something normal. That, due to it being summertime, some boys can get sores on their genitals. We were to not let Wildman take baths, only showers, and to dab after urinating. We did these things. Wildman would still wake up in pain in the morning and there was still blood a few times a week. When we called back, we got an appointment with the Nurse Practitioner. At this time there was a white sore that would sometimes appear on the end. She did an exam and recommended we treat it as a fungal infection. To do a lotion regiment 3 times a day of an anti-fungal cream, anti-itch cream and triple antibiotic. These did nothing! So, we called again. We are now at the end of June.
|4 year old boys don't like waiting for an answer|
So, we were first scheduled at the same hospital that Wildman
The appointment didn't get moved up any. It will actually be Oct. 6. Wildman will have a renal/bladder ultrasound and then a VCUG. I was told they do 2-3 of these a day and that there is a special team whose sole purpose is to entertain Wildman during the tests. One of the tests is invasive and she said they will have a lights show and other things going on so he doesn't have to focus on the test. After the test, we immediately get to meet with the doctor, who would also be the surgeon if surgery is necessary.
So, that has been our medical adventure so far. In addition to those things, Wildman had one other doctor visit. Wildman first saw the urologist on August 31 and the cardiologist on September 2. We had a well-visit for Sweet Pea on September 1. The evening of August 31, Wildman was helping me bake and went to smell a container that had about 10 drops of scented oil in it. He bumped it and got the oil in his eyes. He wouldn't let us wash them out, so off to the ER we went. I thought having to watch a lumbar puncture being performed on Sweet Pea at 27 days was hard. Try watching them hold down your little one to irrigate his eyes until the entire saline bag is empty. We are ready to be done with doctors. I know our insurance must be hating us, but the hospitals and doctors must be loving us.
So, sorry this is so long. I wish I knew who the other mother was who had a son with pain in the morning so I could discuss more with her. I am glad that we decided to keep being persistent instead of just letting it be at "being a summer thing". Just one more reason I love listening to my Mommy Intuition!