Our old CF Commercial that plays on MCTV. Still working on this years.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sweat Test and Bloodwork

Yesterdays clinic visits went really well. Lil' Chris was such a trooper through everything(except getting his blood work done;)

I had an OB appointment at 9:30am and it was running a little behind, so I called and pushed back the sweat test at the clinic from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Why they didn't schedule us that in the first place so we wouldn't have to wait around there all day, I don't know. BTW, the OB appt went great. We heard the heart beating nice and strong. Our next appt is in 4 weeks for an ultrasound to find out if it's a boy or girl!!! YEA!!! We can't wait!!

Ok, back to the sweat test. We got there early and they were still out to lunch and the door was locked. So we had to wait out in the hallway where you don't know who has CF and is walking by coughing on your kid. So, we went and stood over in a corner by the bathrooms where we could still see the door and not have too many people walking past us. There was another lil' boy a little older than Lil' Chris waiting outside the door with his mom and some other lady. I just had a feeling that he had CF too, so that's another reason why we stayed away.

So when they finally got back from lunch, the other family went in, and then I followed. I told Chris to stay out there in the hallway with Lil' Chris, b/c I had a feeling that he shouldn't be around that lil' boy. As I was registering, I overheard them talking about the lil' boy and how he had CF too. So then I felt relieved that we stayed away, b/c you just never know if they could pass any bacteria to each other, esp since Lil' Chris has a cough right now.

So when they called for Lil' Chris, I went and got them out of the hallway(by the way, we do this same thing at the pediatricians too so he's not around any sick kids:) The sweat test was very weird. It was not what we were expecting at all. They put these 2 lil' things on his arm for 5 minutes, which stimulate the sweat glands. Then they put something else on there for 20 minutes. This thing was another small circle thing that collected the sweat. They did the same thing with the other arm too. We did get a couple of pictures, but only when his arm was bandaged up with the sweat collector underneath the bandage. When they took it off, it left a lil' blue stain on his arm(see pic above). He did such a good job. He didn't cry or try to pull on the cords or the things on his arms at all. They were all impressed as to how good he was the whole time. They gave him some toys and books to play with, which we totally skeeved. But we bit our tongue and just washed his hands afterward. He loved the Kermit the Frog they had that sang.

When he got done, they said that they don't think that he sweat enough. So we'll have to wait and see what the results will be. After that, it was 2:00pm and time for our speech class, but they still had to do his blood work. So I called and said we would be late. The first attempt didn't go so well. Nothing came out, meanwhile Lil' Chris was screaming his head off and of course sweating like a pig. They should've done the blood work first, then the sweat test. It definitely would've worked then, but oh well they didn't know. The second attempt was successful thank God. Once they finished, they gave him a lil' teddy bear and we rushed over to where the speech class was...


Aunt D. said...

Hey Guys! I'm glad everything went well at Lil C's appt yesterday. I felt so bad for him when I read the bloodwork part of your post! Poor lil guy! Give him a big hug & kiss from me! Can't wait to read about the next part of your day (the speech therapist). Talk to you soon!

Leslie said...

Hi M! Trying to get caught up on the blogs since we've been home from vacation. How's Lil' Chris' cough? Hopefully he's doing better. Just curious, and maybe I missed it somewhere, but why are they doing a sweat test?

Susanna said...

Hello M, Hope all is well with you and the babies:) Hopefully you'll be feeling better (pregnancy wise) soon. We are all doing well. Baby Levi is growing so fast. The girls are both doing good right now I believe. Hope to hear from you again soon. Love to you all ~~ Susanna