Today I had to take Katelynn in for a check-up with her pediatric nephrologist. They tested her urine and it showed the amount of protein to be 2+, rather than 3+ like it was on Tuesday. (If you know what that means tell me, 'cause I don't exactly know what that means. Heidi-- Mrs. Lab Woman-- do you?)
So, the doc said she seems to be turning the corner. We have to keep giving her the steroids twice a day, and she has to go in for a check-up once a week until her urine no longer shows traces of protein in it. (Yippee skippy!) We also have to watch for fevers, trouble breathing, increased swelling, white lesions on her tongue (yeast growth caused by the steroids), and anything else suspicious.
Also, we have to be careful that she doesn't come in contact with chicken pox, because prednisone+chicken pox=bad news. When I told the doctor that she hasn't had her chicken pox vaccine, he about peed his pants. I told him that she had a really bad allergic reaction to her last two rounds of vaccines and ended up in the hospital for a week, so we have not done any more vaccinations since then. Guess we have to see about getting a chicken pox vaccine after she's off her prednisone. We'll see. I need to do more research on it. Some doctors don't like this about us, but we are not their typical patients who think everything coming out of their mouths is gospel. We question things, do our own research, challenge their suggestions, etc. So, we may be a pain in the gluteus maximus sometimes, but you've gotta do what you've gotta do! That was a totally random tangent, but oh well.
Katleynn will still be a bit puffy for a while, but that's okay. What I'm not looking forward to is the side affects from the steroids, specifically the moodiness. Last time she was on Prednisone she would have these crazy fits of rage, then 2 seconds later be happy as a little clam, then another 5 seconds after that she would be curled up in a ball with her blanket, talking about how 'her eyes are sad'. I'm not ready to handle teenagers yet! Give me 10 more years, please!
P.S.- Can I just say I have the most awesome friends?! (Yes, I'm talking to you!) Everyone has been calling me & texting me & leaving sweet messages on the blog, asking how they can help and sending prayers our way. I had 2 friends fighting over the honor of bringing me dinner last night (you know who you are!), and another friend watch Emma & Michael for several hours while I took Katelynn to her check-up today. You (if you are reading this blog I'm talking to you, by the way) rock my socks off!!