Monday, December 9, 2013

Jack Passed His Pre-Surgical Testing

Jack passed! The doctor signed off and Jack is cleared for his surgery. I am pretty happy about it. I have not heard from NYU yet so I don't even know what time it is yet. It was supposed to be 8:30 am last time so I am thinking it should be about that time.

Julianna was examined as well. No one thought the node on her rib cage was significant. Her blood work came back and there were a few weird things there. First, it showed that she has had the Epstein Barr virus. It does not appear active and we are not sure when she had it. I suppose it could have been anytime since the symptoms are typical of any childhood upper respiratory infection. She also had a low blood glucose. It was 63, not profoundly low but not normal (normal low is 80). We had just come from breakfast with Santa so she had recently eaten. There was also something off with her BUN (blood urea nitrogen). She said it was insignificant but I didn't see the values. I am going to call Labcorp and get a copy of the results.

When the doctor was talking about the blood work she said everything that could suggest a lymphoma or leukemia is normal. Obviously that is great, but she didn't say too much about the values that were off. I am certainly going to investigate more. Julianna's teacher mentioned to me that she seemed a bit fatigued lately and wasn't up to par. I am hoping whatever it is will go away soon, but I will see someone else if it does not.

So we did have a productive visit and I am relieved that the news was pretty good.

1 comment:

  1. Hooray on Jack's surgery! That is so super exciting! Is he getting one or two implants? I hope it goes perfectly. We really are living parallel lives, as my older daughter also had bloodwork today for her kidneys (BUN is a big indicator we look at). It's worth talking to a pediatric specialist about the exact lab values - Fiona's nephrologist often shrugs off some of her "abnormal" results in bloodwork, telling me they are perfectly appropriate for child her size.