A couple of weeks ago, before the sickness crazy hit our house, Luke had a big doctor visit with his nephrologist (kidney doc), an ultrasound and some bloodwork. In case you don’t remember, Luke’s kidneys are on the small side (like everything else with him!) and one is pelvic. In other words, instead of being where it should be, it sits right in the middle of his pelvis. Contact sports are a no-go for him.
The ultrasound showed that both kidneys are growing and his pelvic kidney (the right one) is actually in the 50th percentile for size. The left one is still puny, but growing. What all that means is that he’s got pretty good kidney function and both are contributing, rather than one doing all the work. Dr. Simon gave us the one-year pass. If it was legal and socially acceptable I just might’ve kissed him.
For now, Luke will go back in a year, repeat bloodwork and the ultrasound. In the meantime, we will pray that both kidneys continue to grow. I’m hopeful that we can keep up the annual visits. Those are quite nice and a wonderful change from the every three and six months. The true test of kidney growth will come during puberty, but that’s a ways off, right? I’m trying hard not to let all the uncertainties with these major organs get the better of me. Some days are better than others.
May I present Master Luke and the amazing Dr. Simon?
I really like Dr. Simon (the kidney man) for many reasons. 1) He is super funny and very chatty, 2) he is a Florida Gator, and 3) he always does a great pep talk and says things like, “Luke, dude, you look good!” or “Whoa man, look at you go.”
Austin has some mighty fine pediatric specialists. I mean, I would know, I’ve practically met them all!!
The second and third parts of this update will come in about a month after we visit with Luke’s geneticist. Technically, she brings our specialist count up to 8, but she’s a short-timer. I hope. The other doctor on tap in a few weeks is the famous Dr. George, the neurosurgeon. ‘Tis the season for annual specialist visits 🙂