Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A visit with monkey after the mean lab work

Although we had hoped all the lab work ordered by Dr. Dudgeon could be obtained while Addie was sedated, it didn't work out that way.
For starters, Dr. Dudgeon had ordered so much lab work that the hospital would not do it all at once. They said that for Addie's body weight, they would only take 10 cc of blood at one time. The orders called for 12-14 cc. Then, during the MRI, there was a problem with the I.V. and they had to take it out immediately after the MRI was complete. We were told we would have to take Addie to the central lab or either see if they would obtain the labs at clinic. When we got to Dr. Ness' office, the nurse had to call Dr. Dudgeon to prioritize the labs. Although we were told that clinic wouldn't do the labs, I managed to convince them to since Addie had already been stuck twice. From what I was hearing, the clinic lab was much nicer than central lab. We made our way to clinic lab and didn't have to wait long before it was our turn. It was so hard to hold Addie knowing what was coming, but the lab tech that we got was amazing! She immediately found a vein and was so gentle with Addie. Poor Addie starting crying as soon as she was stuck, but she is such a sweetie, she just sat in my lap, holding her baby with the tears streaming down her face. The lab tech got her right arm all bandaged up and then rebandaged her left arm because of the amount of blood that had dripped onto her arm, hand and wrist band. See...all it takes is a little compassion to make a scary situation all better.

A nice man who was walking by while we were taking pictures of the amazing flying Addie and monkey, offered to take a picture of the three of us. Those pictures are rare!