The receptionist was great. She said that the doctor would like blood work done prior to the appointment and that she would just fax the requisition to the lab of my choice..
Yikes! How do I pick which lab I want to take her? If it was for me, that would be one thing.. I really don't care who is jabbing the needle into me. For my baby though, I want the best!
I quickly gave her the name of the lab that I usually use, and that was that. I just had to cross my fingers that they were as good with babies as they always have been with me..
We dropped Gracie off at school on Tuesday morning and went straight to the lab... My heart was beating a thousand beats a minute and I felt sick to my stomach, but I knew that I had to be tough for Lylah.
I felt so mean because she had no clue what she was in for as we walked through those doors.
Luckily (amazingly) there was no one else in the lab. We got the attention of all of the technicians..
It's funny you know, when we walked in, I could see the look on their faces change, and I knew they were thinking "OH NO A BABY!" To be honest, I was thinking the same thing.
They took us right back and just had me hold her on my lap..
I was surprised that they did everything pretty much the same as they do to us.. Elastic band, and arm up on the pad. They started tapping her little arm, which I am assuming was to bring the best vein to the surface.
After a few minutes, they found THE ONE!!
I couldn't watch. I rested my face on the top of her little head as I stroked her face and told her she was a big girl. I felt her jump a little and thought to myself, "here we go". But that was it.. She didn't make another sound. There were 3 technicians standing there prepared to do what it took to keep her calm and they all just looked at each other in awe.
This was a piece of cake!! Until I heard the technician (who was drawing the blood) let out a big sigh and ask "is it coming?" And then another sigh, and another,, and then I hear "it collapsed, we'll have to try the other arm."
I wanted to scream! Are you kidding me?? They couldn't have made sure that they did it properly in the first place? I understand things happen, but COME ON, she 1!!!!!
So, we start the whole process over! Again, my little princess didn't make a sound. She sat there like a little angel and didn't say boo! At one point she looked up at them all with this look on her face like "what the hell are you doing to me?".. they all laughed.
So, my princess was the strong one, which is a good thing, because I was a mess! If she would have cried and screamed, I think it would have put me RIGHT over the edge..
Watching vial after vial of my little girls blood being taken away almost killed me. It just isn't right for someone so young to have to go through that. I must have gone really pale because the nurse looked at me and said "Mommy are you going to be okay?". I was fine, but it was touch and go there for a minute... lol
|This little thing is not my best friend right now!!|
Does anyone have any idea how hard it is to get a urine sample from a 1 year old?? They gave me these little collection bags, that I basically have to stick to her and pray that the pee goes in the bag..
Meanwhile, I also have to pray that the bag doesn't fall off or that she doesn't pull it off,, or that if the pee goes in, the pee stays in when I try to take it off!! Yep, it's been a lot of fun. I've now gone through 5 little bags, and still have no sample!!
I'm open to tips and suggestions, because if I don't get a sample, I'm not going to get an appointment date. Either that or they will have to use a catheter to get the sample.. Please someone help!!!!
I guess all of this progress is a good thing. We're one step closer to getting our appointment date and meeting a doctor. At the same time though, I can't help but hate that we're one step closer because it feels like we're one step closer to finding out that there is something wrong with our baby, That is something i don't think that I'm ready for. Yes I want answers, and yes I want her to get help,, but I just don't think I'm strong enough to deal with hearing the answers that they might give us.
So, thats my day with Lylah. Please keep in mind that this all happened on the same day as my Mirena insertion.. You can imagine how I felt by the end of it!
Tomorrows post will be how this day ended!!!
Anyone with any tips or suggestions as to how to use those flippin' pee bags,, please HELP!!
Thanks in advance!!!