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Monday, July 13, 2009


I just got the call with all Gabriella's initial testing orders. We need to go this week for one of 2 large blood draws. Since she is so little, it needs to be spread out, due to the amount they need to take. I am supposed to hydrate her heavily for a few days (won't be hard) prior to the draw, and they even called in a numbing cream for her arm so it won't be painful. Hopefully a few blood draws using the numbing cream and she will overcome the mental fear of it, too! One of the blood draws goes directly to Loma Linda and takes weeks to get back, so that will be the first one.

We are waiting on the scheduling nurse to call back with a day to have a Kidney Ultrasound, MRI and Chest X-ray. We are going to do them all in one day at Phoenix Childrens, so it will be a long day, but I am grateful to cram it all in at once. She said we'd have it done within a couple weeks.

After all this testing, we will head to Loma Linda for a week long trip. Meeting docs, tours, information, etc. I am sure they will do their own echo and EKG, also.

SO thats it, in a nutshell!! Thanks for the continued prayers!!!!!!!!!!!


The Simmons Family said...

Sorry I haven't called you.. things have been chaotic around here.

I'm glad you're getting the ball rolling at Loma Linda. The bloodwork is A LOT, I'm glad they are splitting it up. Owen had it all done at once but they had to draw from 4 different locations.. 10 pricks later he was done. YUCK.

We never had the chance to meet the Docs at Loma Linda, but I hear they're AMAZING! Your week will be packed. I remember thinking "why can't we cram it all in one day". It's a lot of information and you'll be glad you spread it out over the week.

We're praying for Gabriella! All the labs and testing will be hard on her.

How are you holding up??


Kara said...

Do you want me to come with you for either of these?
Why do they need to look at her kidneys?

Kristi said...

They need to look at everything in her little body, they even check her for HIV.