Married to the Empire

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Prognosis is GOOD

We saw Steven's nephrologist today. Long story short, we spent time in the ER over Thanksgiving weekend. He was diagnosed with an infection, then referred to a urologist. The urologist saw him 3 times. Every time, Steven was told that he has blood in his urine. The urologist sounded extremely concerned by this, so naturally, we were extremely concerned. An expensive CT scan was done, which showed nothing wrong. The urologist determined that it was a kidney issue and told him to see his nephrologist.

At that point, we were thinking his kidneys were in serious decline because of how alarmed the urologist had seemed. Steven's nephrologist didn't have an opening for 4 months. Today was his appointment.

Steven's kidney levels are stable. Nothing has changed since his appointment last summer. When we explained why were there, the doctor asked, "Didn't you tell the urologist that you have IgA Nephropathy?" We said yes, and he responded, "Well, of course you have blood in your urine; you have IgA Nephropathy!" He said that while there is some blood in his urine, it's in microscopic amounts. He was not impressed with how the urologist handled things, nor did he think the ER was much good in diagnosing Steven. He said he'd wondered what was going on because I was at the appointment with Steven, looking extremely anxious.

The nephrologist has allayed our fears. All is well. And the best part of all this is that Steven finally likes his doctor. He's been wanting to switch for a while now, but after today, he's decided he's happy with him.

All the house and car repairs seem quite minor now that this elephant has been lifted off of us. God is good!


Cathy VanPatten said...

This is wonderful news! Yea!

I know that is one huge worry off your mind!

ashley @ twentysixcats said...

Hooray! That is happy news!!

By the way, I think the word "nephrologist" makes me laugh.

Meredith said...

Rejoicing with you!

Vader's Mom said...

That's great news!!!

becky s. said...

What an answer to prayer!

ann said...

Thank you Jesus!!!

AnneK said...

Prasie the Lord for yet another answered prayer. He is faithful.