The Waiting Game

April 25, 2008 Kyron 4 Comments

It happens to every parent at some point. Your child is ill, your in a hospital or doctors waiting room just waiting for someone to give you an answer. That’s where I am today only I have the mixed blessing of being at home waiting in front of my computer instead of an emergency room or hospital room (although I’ve done my share of time in both of those).

Katherine has had hypertension for about a year now. We had attempted to address it with diet and exercise alone and it became clear about 2 months ago that this was not working and the blood pressure continued to rise. We put her on medication but the cardiologist we’re working with wanted to rule out renal artery stenosis (narrowing of the renal artery) which can many times cause hypertension. They did an ultrasound and instead of what they were looking for found a mass on her kidney. Well this brought on our first association with a nephrologist.

The nephrologist wasn’t particularly comforting to be honest. The cardiologist seemed to think it was likely to be a cyst – the nephrologist seems to think that cysts are far more comforting in the 50+ set (which leaves Katherine out). So he thinks an MRI to truly understand what it is. Fine. So off we go and wait 4 hours to have the test done LAST Friday only to be told at the last minute that all the metal in her mouth (braces) has to be reviewed by the orthodontist because there’s stuff in there that could break their machine – ok and worse – break Katherine’s mouth. So how do you get mad at them for stopping us from doing that?

The man who runs MRI at the facility we were at gave me his personal business card and said as soon as we could get the parts of her braces which were conductors out of her mouth we could call him and he would not make us go through the wait process again. True to his word I called him and within 1 hour his assistant called us back and had us scheduled for the following day.

This time the test went off without a hitch. She was a real trouper while they gave her an IV for the sedation and contrast. They said after 55 minutes they had gotten what they needed. Fantastic – what did you see??!! Now you KNOW that the answer that followed was one that has frustrated parents from sea to shining sea – We have to wait for the radiologist to review it. Oh SHOOT ME!!

Me: Well now how long?

Them: Oh within a week.

Me: I don’t mean to be impatient but their is SOMETHING ON MY DAUGHTER’S KIDNEY. I’d like someone to just tell me what exactly it is and if it’s something we have to be worried about?

Them: Well you could call the doctor and see if he can get it sooner.

Me: So you mean we have to wait until one doctor actually connects with another doctor??? Does Armageddon happen before or after?

Them: tense laughter, polite smile

So now having called the doctor first thing this morning, first thing after lunch break and 10 minutes before 5 here I am waiting until Monday and praying that the God who saw fit to entrust me with this precious package will understand that I’m mortal and I can only take so much waiting….

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  1. nancy says:

    Ohhhh. The Armageddon comment…I laughed. Because I would have been that snarky as well. I mean, really? do they think you’re asking after a couch you’re having shipped in from across country????

    Seriously, you’re in my thoughts and prayers. Good thoughts, vibes and joo joo coming your way.

  2. Joan says:

    I have a child with cerebral palsy, and have spent a lot of time at doctors’ appointments. I have often said that I wished I had a penny for every minute I have waited at a doctor’s appointment. If I did, my husband could quit his job.

  3. Deborah says:

    You will both be in my thoughts and prayers. Please update us as soon as you hear something.

  4. Kyron says:

    Thanks everyone. It’s really had my every waking thought this week although we’re obviously doing what we can to keep day to day going. I appreciate all the good thoughts. I’ll continue to update you. It’s been a pretty heavy week with doctors and chasing the elusive results.


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