Friday, January 15, 2010

Back to school, and something to celebrate!

After a week-long absence due to weather, a professional day, and then a particularly nasty cold, Stephen FINALLY got to go back to school yesterday. To say he was happy about this is truly and understatement. Stephen LOVES school! His teacher said that he did really well with his short PT session yesterday (he's getting some PT still to work on stairs and jumping). Stephen also discovered that his classroom had a toy piano in it, and you can probably guess where he could be found during free play... His teacher was interested to hear of Stephen's love for playing the piano, both toy and real, so I suspect this will be incorporated into his therapies. He came home on Thursday, and took a 3 hour nap, since he still wasn't feeling very perky.

Today, he went to Children's Day Out, and his teachers said that they could really see a difference in Stephen's behavior. He wasn't ever poorly behaved before, but they said he was just wonderful today, and very cooperative. He started to feel badly again towards the end of the day, so when I picked him up, I called his doctor, who gave us some samples of a cold medication for him (his first one!). Hopefully he will be able to get some decent sleep tonight without coughing himself awake.

And now for the REALLY good news... On Monday, I took Stephen to see his urologist for his annual exam. For those of you who don't know, Stephen was diagnosed with moderate, bilateral hydronephrosis as a baby, which was probably developed in the womb. At any rate, one doctor wanted to do surgery right away to deal with a blockage, but we wanted a second opinion. The second doctor agreed to wait and see if he would grow out of it, which he started to do. At his last check-up in October 2008, his left kidney was no longer retaining fluid, and his right one was graded at a 3-4 (down from a 4-5 when it was first discovered). When we went back on Monday, it was a 0-1, and the doctor said that it was almost completely "resolved." YAY!! His right kidney will always be slightly damaged, and the left will always do a little more work for the pair, but as of right now, it isn't going to be getting any worse. We will take him back in another year for another renal ultrasound, and if it is still good, we will not have to go back for probably another 3-4 years.

So, except for the cold, it's been a pretty good week for our boy!

1 comment:

Lysana said...

I didn't know about Stephen's hydronephrosis. What great news that he is doing so much better! Yay!