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A few weeks ago, I noticed my 7yo son was having some urinary issues; dark urine to be specific.  I first thought he must be a litle dehydrated so I did my best to increase his liquid intake.  Despite that, there was still a problem and eventually I noticed a pinkish-red color.  We immediately went to our family doctor who did blood work and a urine culture, which showed "a LOT of blood" according to the nurse.  The blood work was all normal, so we spent another 2 weeks hydrating.  Another culture on the 3rd of this month, still revealed blood.  The next step was referral to a pediatric urologist.  Our family doctor didn't think it was kidney related, but possibly ureter or urethra related.  I wait a week to hear from the urologist, and finally call our family doctor back.  She said it might take several days to hear from them.  Okay, that's fine.  We actually did hear the next day, but the appointment they gave us isn't until July 12th!  I hate waiting like this since I'm so worried about what could be the cause of this.  I've talked to a guy I'm friends with, and he said he had a very similar issue as a child.  It was a normal variant and he was fine.  Praying that it's nothing serious!

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Comment by Jan Stribling on July 13, 2011 at 2:04pm

They told us the nurse would schedule the ultrasound and call, but I've heard nothing.  I'll call them in the morning if I don't get a call by the end of the day today.  We're supposed to see Dr. Norris again on the 28th.


I turned 40 in April after I had Jake in October.  I'm not sure I'll ever get used to someonen asking if I'm the grandmother! LOL

Comment by Lacie Gilmore on July 13, 2011 at 1:54pm

Oh, don't feel funny! Mom's come at many different ages, shapes, sizes, colors, etc... :) I'm 29 and sometimes feel a little funny about being such a young mom. Even though I was almost 22 and married when I had her, a lot of moms are waiting until they are older to start a family now so I definitly get feeling a little out of place. When they did the end of the year program, one of the moms came up to introduce herself and she thought my step mom was Millie's mom! :)


So did you guys go for the ultrasound yesterday?  When do you get the results? That was what really helped with us. We were able to see just what we were dealing with in terms of Kids size and function.

Comment by Jan Stribling on July 13, 2011 at 1:33pm

Thanks, Lacie

I remember that!!  Jake didn't say her name, but I remember him waving at someone.  Bless her heart for having to have surgery.  I'm so glad she's doing well!  We saw Dr. Regina Norris in Greenville?  Since it doesn't seem to be anything with the urinary tract, the next step is to check the kidneys for shape, size, function, I guess, with the ultrasound.  It's so odd that he still has it and every test he's had has come back normal.  I really feel like the ultrasound will be normal, too.  I just hope  that it does. 


I'm so much older than most of the moms at AMES so I feel funny when I'm there for any kind of event.  lol  Poor Jake has the old mom!

Comment by Lacie Gilmore on July 13, 2011 at 12:42pm

Hi Jan,

My daughter, Millie, just started at AMES in April when I got married and moved to that side of town (we live in Bradford West). I think she was in the same class as Jake. We actually saw him at Wal Greens a couple of days ago and Millie said hi to him. :)

Anyhow, what specialist is he seeing? We have had some problems ourselves but she is much better now. We were told there weren't any pediatric urologist in town so we were sent to Charlotte to see Dr. Luis Perez. He is awesome!!! So down to earth and such a nice guy! I wouldn't have chosen anyone else! Millie had Kidney Reflux. I found out it is pretty common and most children grow out of it. Millie, unfortuantly, did not, so she had to have surgery. She had two different surgeries and hasnt had any problems since her last surgery on Halloween day 2009. It doesn't sound like that is what is going on with Jake since you said they don't think it involves his kidneys, but, nonetheless, he is a great Dr. for anything urology related! Hope you guys figure it out soon, I know it is scary! We will say a prayer for him :)

Comment by Jan Stribling on July 12, 2011 at 12:01pm
Well, we spent all morning to see the urologist 10 minutes and basically all she did was tell us he needed an ultrasound of his kidneys (which we basically knew) and scheduled a followup for after the ultrasound.  Why they couldn't go ahead and do the ultrasound right then, I have no clue.  ARGH!!  We basically know nothing and paid a $50 copay to know it! LOL  Now we wait for the call to schedule the ultrasound! 
Comment by Ashley Dill on June 14, 2011 at 10:14am
I'll be praying for you and your son, Jan! I know it must be so frustrating having to wait that long to find out what is wrong. But i'm sure if the doctor thought it was something very serious, they would have made an earlier appointment. But being a mom, I know anytime something is wrong with your baby, you just want to make it better immediately!
Comment by Kim on June 14, 2011 at 10:08am
It is crazy how long some specialists are backed up for appointments... It just prolongs the worrying. Hope it's nothing!

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