So you all want to know how my doctors appointment went right? More importantly, I spent the morning with Mommy and Joshua playing card games and chess (while Daddy and Jonathan were at the laundrymat... hopefully our replacement washer will be delivered sometime next week... but we're not holding our breath!) So the good news from my doctors appointment is that I gained 2 ounces - officially 5 pounds 4 ounces! The bad news is that I gained a lot of bilirubin as well. Apparently there's two different kinds - there's the indirect which can be treated with the pretty lights or a biliblanket. My indirect level is just above 10% and that's not considered a high number. I was really looking forward to glowing in the dark but that's not going to happen unfortunately. Then there's the direct - which I guess is caused by something not functioning correctly in my body. Mine is around 7.9% which is really high. This probably means that there's something going on in my liver. Could be something as simple as a blockage of sludge which would be treatable with antiobiotics. Could be that somethings gotten stuck in there - or it could be that my liver has a genetically small opening which isn't allowing it to drain properly. Unfortunately the only way to fix those problems would be through surgery - and no one wants to put me through surgery with the way my heart is right now. That's pretty crumby news to find out on your birthday! So I have an ultrasound scheduled for Wednesday afternoon to see if they can find out what's going on in my belly. Please pray that it's something simple that can be fixed with medicine!
Mommy's also been concered about my bottom. Lately it's been real sensitive and red and so the doctor asked what we've been using and the recommended a new product. We'll talk more about that later!
After my doctors appointment me and Mommy and Daddy went to Fuddruckers for lunch. Daddy says that I am a miracle worker because I got Mommy to finally take him to one of his favorite restaurants from when he was a kid. Daddy was kind of disappointed that they no longer have the big dead cows hanging in the window, but Mommy was glad about that, and thoroughly enjoyed her lunch and our little date together. We stopped at Toys R Us to look for some birthday presents for Jonathan and then headed back to Gramma and Grampa's to get the boys.
When we got there they had just finished watching E.T. for like the millionth time and we decided to hang out at Gramma and Grampa's for my 11 week birthday party. Grampa bought me a Carvel ice cream cake and Mommy even dipped my binky in it a little bit so I could get a taste of frosting! Mmmm! Gramma called her friend Mrs. Hooper who came flying over so she could see me. She sat and rocked and loved on me for a while. It was nice. After our ice cream cake dinner we played some games and then headed home.
After we went home and got my brothers to bed Daddy went to the store to get that product that my doctor recommended I use on my bottom. The doctor had said that it would be found in the aisle with the hand lotions and such so Daddy looked there and in the baby aisles - to no avail. The doctor had written down the name of it, "Bag Balm." So Daddy asked the lady in the lotion aisle if she had ever heard of it. She said, "Oh yeah, it's over in the pet section. Near where all the dog shampoo is." "The pet section?" Daddy asked. "Ok." So, sure enough, over in the dog shampoo aisle right below the flea and tick protector was a little green box labelled Bag Balm. Daddy noticed that it said that it had Lanolin in it so he grabbed it and brought it home for me. I was kind of interested in this little green box so I started reading, "Since 1899 Bag Balm has been the farmer's friend helping keep dairy cows from becoming chapped from the harsh Vermont environment." First off... the last name's Fahmer, not farmer. Second of all.... we don't live in Vermont! And third, and most importantly, I'M NOT A DAIRY COW! What's up Doc? So I kept reading, "For chapped conditions and superficial abrasions. This protective ointment helps to keep superficial tissue moist and soft." Ok, I'm down with that. I want my butt to be soft... and it's usually moist anyways with all the peeing I've been doing. I can live with that I guess. "For use on cows, thoroughly wash treated teats and udder with separate towels before each milking. To avoid contamination after each milking, bathe the udder with plenty of hot water, strip milk out and dry skin." Alright, what's going on?!??! Am I seeing a pediatrician or a veterinarian?!!??! You better hope this stuff works on my hiney or we're going to have to talk, pal!
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