It's been an interesting week. On Saturday night I noticed that Gabe had blood in his stool. It sort of freaked me out (to say the least) and I was anxious for Monday to come along so I could take him to see his Dr. The bloody diapers seemed to get worse and at one point on Sunday he had just blood coming out. Not good.
Monday comes along and I go to see Dr. Zollo in Provo with Gabe. I really like Zollo. He asks about what Gabe has been eating and such (usually blood in the stool is due to breast milk but I had weaned Gabe the week before). He feels Gabe's belly and decides to send us to the Hospital lab for an ultrasound to see if Gabe had an intestinal blockage.
We get the ultrasound and there is no intestinal blockage, but they do discover a totally unrelated "mass" on Gabe's spleen that is 1/2 inch in diameter. The radiologist decides he needs a better look so he sends us directly in for a CT scan (meanwhile, mom totally loses it)
The CT scan required an IV. I don't know how many of you have seen your 1 month old get an IV, but I felt like a mama bear protecting her cub in there. At any moment I would lash out and kill the poor phlebotomist and he surely sensed it. ;)
The results of the CT scan indicated that Gabe did in fact have a mass on his spleen. (Tell me something I didn't know after the ultrasound. Grrrr....) The mass could be a blod clot, a cist, or cancer. We are deciding what our next step will be. Dr. Zollo would like to wait another 3 months and do another ultrasound to see if the mass increases in size.
All of this is totally unrelated to the fact that Gabe had blood in his stool. The Dr. put him on a different formula (that happens to be about 100 bucks a can) to see if it will help with Gabe's digestive problems. So far, so good (all accept the additional episode with another visit to the hospital on Tuesday). It was an emotional couple of days for me and I'm sure a lot of moms out there can relate. No one likes to see their baby in pain.
After it all I'm grateful for supportive friends and family and good health insurance.
I'll keep you all posted ;)