Friday, September 21, 2007

Damn Thyroid Anyway!

Just a little update regarding dear baby Isaac...two weeks old today in all of his glory! Today marks his 15th blood draw since we have had him at home on Sunday, September 9. Seems that he carries all of my antibodies for BOTH of my silly autoimmune thyroid conditions. Somehow, I knew that this would happen. Today, the pediatrician noted that “Gee Michelle, your antibodies must be REALLY high, as normally we don’t have to treat infants who are born carrying antibodies from their sick mothers.” WTH?! Sick mother indeed, I suppose. Yes, Isaac is being treated with meds for HYPERthyroidism and soon will be on meds for HYPOthyroidism. Yep, sick momma has both conditions and my poor boys got the privilege of getting sick momma’s junk…straight from sick momma’s placenta. Right now, Isaac is hyperthyroid, but we’ll soon go into a 6-9 month balancing act of meds, blood draws, different meds and more blood draws until his wee little body rids itself of sick momma’s garbage. I so feel for him as the physicians have yet to get a viable vein when they try to draw his blood. We end up warming his heels and poking then squeezing to fill all of the tubes needed for the panel and antibody screens! Lovely! Tuesday, we’ll visit the NICU to get a “more experienced” person to try to draw from his superficial veins. I keep telling dear Isaac that when he can talk he and his sweet 13-month old brother can compare “stories.” Stories of endless pokes and their sick momma who witnessed it all in tears. I so hope that they don’t remember, but when I look into their baby blues full of tears, I have to wonder if, without a doubt, they will. I know that I will never forget, but alas, we have to do what we have to do…and all because of their sick momma! Pray for my little man. So sweet he is!

6 comments:

Jeff said...

Michelle...

Congrats on the arrival of you new little one. Boy is he cute. Sorry I just now made it over.

I also remember those pesky heel prick blood draws...no fun.

Hang in there...

Peace

Mrs Wibbs said...

Oh no! This is really not the kind of thing you need right now and it must be so hard for you to deal with it... I know how it feels to see your tiny little one being poked about, and so really feel for you, as it's not pleasant at all.
Much strength to you, and prayers that you will know God's peace and arms around you everytime Isaac has to have blood taken.
Take care Michelle, thinking of you
xx

~Melissa~ said...

That must be so hard Michelle, I'm so sorry. Those blood draws are so tough! I'll be thinking of and praying for you and your sweet little man.

amy flege said...

ohhh man. i hope the docs can get it all figured out...
he is adorable!!! he is really filling out too!

Mom to Rhett said...

As always thinking of you. He is so stinking cute.

Love to you my friend.

Shannon **Gabi's Mom** said...

Awww! Sorry Michelle that you have to endure the heartache of watching your baby get pricked all the time. I hope the meds get figured out quickly.