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    Update on Dawson's tests

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    People are idiots. let me start with that. And i'm one of them. I'll tell you why.

    So the specialist drew blood for allergies and the like but also just so happened to come across a high potassium. So we came in the next day and redrew it, it was still high. Now, it wasn't that high, just mildly so. Certainly nothing to go frantic over.

    Then the doc said "well we just want to make sure it isn't going up." and we had to come in AGAIN this morning to get it drawn. The phlebotomist did a heel stick, and the other 2 had been venipuncture. I work in the lab and knew full well that a venipuncture would be a better option for a potassium. And, a better test to compare with since the others had been actual needle sticks. But did i say anything? No.

    I hate people who tell me how to do my job, so I kept my mouth shut and let them do a heel stick. An hour later, the nurse calls me telling me that his potassium is critically high and he needs to get to a doctor right away. So I naturally kind of freak out thinking the kid will slip into cardiac arrest at any moment. (I always go for worst case scenario for even the mildest of things....) I take him to the pediatrician and he calls because it was done as a heel stick which can elevate potassium levels.

    To make sure all is well, Dawson had to get stuck AGAIN (and it took them twice to do it ) today and turns out the level was totally normal.

    I'm thankful all is well but pissed at the lab for being dumb and more pissed at myself for not saying anything. So instead poor Dawson has been stuck 5 times in the last 2 days.

    Anyway, all is well. Thank God. Thanks for all of you who sent good thoughts.

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    Glad to hear that it is normal!
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    I know exactly how you feel! When Jack was 3 weeks old we had an Endo appt to discuss surgery and they wanted new levels checked, it took them 6 tried, even once in his head to try to get him to bleed and they couldn't do it so they sent us home asking us to come back in 4 days. Again, they tried 3 more times then sent us up to PICU hoping their nurses could do better than the corpsman. It was a nightmare!

    I'm glad all is well though!
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    I'm glad it all turned out okay, I know how much it was worrying you! Did you put in a complaint with the hospital complaint-receiving people? It sounds like somebody needs some corrective training.
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    Aww poor baby!! Poor mommy! I hope everything is ok.
    What did you find out from Tricare about the pediatrician?
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    [QUOTE=Capt.Obvious;5293989]Aww poor baby!! Poor mommy! I hope everything is ok.
    What did you find out from Tricare about the pediatrician?[/QUOTE]

    Funny story. He is covered to see whoever for the first 60 days. After that he is required to be seen on base BUT we will recieve a letter informing us of this so not to worry until we get it. BUT we can call and ask again then because apparently the rules change on a daily basis.

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    Why are they doing allergy testing on an infant? Just curious because all my kids have been allergy tested and I've been told they won't come back conclusive until after they are 5 yo. We get their histamine levels tracked once a year because they kept coming back negative.

    Also, POOR BABY! My youngest finally got an RX for lidocaine cream since he gets poked by so many needles. I have to put it on his arms hours beforehand with bandages so he doesn't feel it anymore. The dr told me all his specialists felt bad about the torture they put him through w/blood draws.

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    Poor Dawson! But I'm so glad the tests came back fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX Jenifer XXX View Post
    Why are they doing allergy testing on an infant? Just curious because all my kids have been allergy tested and I've been told they won't come back conclusive until after they are 5 yo. We get their histamine levels tracked once a year because they kept coming back negative.

    Also, POOR BABY! My youngest finally got an RX for lidocaine cream since he gets poked by so many needles. I have to put it on his arms hours beforehand with bandages so he doesn't feel it anymore. The dr told me all his specialists felt bad about the torture they put him through w/blood draws.
    to see if he has an intolerance/allergy to a milk, whey, or casein.

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