Yesterday, I took Alex up to Valley Children's Hospital for a battery of diagnostic tests. He couldn't eat or drink anything until evening, so it was a wonderful blessing for him to sleep in longer than he ever has before. That made not eating all the easier.
First, Alex had numerous x-rays to see how his hips are positioned and to make sure that he has no metal in his body. His arm looked strange on the first x-ray so they took another one to be sure. No metal. One of his hips, I think the right one, is completely out of the socket. The x-ray was downright scary and I am surprised that he is not living in constant pain. It explains a lot about his inability to walk and move his legs freely.
The Anesthesiologist was just wonderful----- tops in my book. He read up on Alex's chart and came in displaying a Russian tv show on his phone. Alex instantly took to him and made saying goodbye to me as the doctor carried him off, very easy. Alex was all smiles...... the model patient. I think that this procedure facilitated bonding between the both of us---- my motherly instincts came out as did his need to be reassured by me that he would be safe and secure.
Alex was put to sleep so that they could do an MRI of his head and spine. He took forever to wake up--- completely passing his next appointment, so I asked if they could just start the renal ultrasound while he was asleep. They did, and that actually got him to start waking up---- and he was an angel then too. No crying, thrashing around, and vomiting like I am used to--but complete calmness and patience. Bless his heart.
The technician expected to not see his bladder since he had very little to drink, but to her surprise and mine, it was very full. Telltale sign that he is unable to empty his bladder completely. As soon as he was free to go, a nurse walked me out. She too was a sweetheart.
As I drove home, I asked Alex about dinner. He was so hungry that he told me that he wanted to eat alot--- and he did.
Fast forward to this morning-- Alex is back to normal and has came up to me three of four times asking to sit on my lap. Cuddling at its best. This is what I have been waiting for.........