Friday, June 10, 2011

It's been a while...

Life has finally calmed down to a sense of normalcy in the Piatt household. We had a false alarm UTI the Tuesday before the wedding :) That was stressful. We went in for our regular nephrology appointment and his panels showed elevated white cell counts... SO they did a urinalysis and admitted us. They were talking about us maybe getting out Thursday... or Friday... or Saturday. AHH! To our surprise, on Wednesday (after I drove back to Prattville for an appointment) they discharged us saying that he had contaminates in his urine, but that it probably always looks like that due to the vesicostomy. We were so thankful that he was able to be at the wedding... here's a picture of him in his tux with his Aunt Me-Me!

His Meemer Kim kept him while we went on our short honeymoon to Destin, and the Thursday after we got back we went to Bham to meet our new general surgery doctor, Mac Harmon. He gave us alot of information about the possibility of reversing Carter's ostomy. He says he's seen many cases (he's been at Children's Bham for a long time) and that there's no for sure answer as to whether or not a reversal would work well or not for each individual. Most of the time they surgery is a leap of faith, and if sensation is a problem, a colostomy can always be replaced. He said ultimately it's our call whether or not we want to give it a go - what a burden!! Pray for us to make a wise decision when the time comes. I've been doing some research and hitting as many forums as I can to see what other's experiences have been. He scheduled us for a return visit in August to make sure everything is still going well, and possibly do an MRI to see what kind of muscle tissue Carter has in the areas where his sphincters should be. Josh and I have talked a little bit about it, and if there's not significant signs of muscle, we will probably forego surgery... we don't want him to have to go through any surgeries that wouldn't be beneficial to him long-term. Keep us in your prayers! We've got some big decisions to make! Our next appointment will be in July to see our friends in nephrology and urology.

Just a side note, we've been experimenting with solids, and he's getting the hang of it :) He's a chunky boy, that's for sure. We're around 17 pounds now, 24 inches, and tomorrow he'll be 5 months old!! Time flies!

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