The babies saw Dr. Easygoing for their 9-month check up last Thursday. Can you believe that they are 9 months already? I’ll have to plan for their first birthday which will be here in less than three months.
The twins are doing very well health-wise. To my surprise, both of them went up on their percentile for weight. Okra is now at the 36th %ile, and Bunny is at 23rd. Ever since they have become more mobile and their formula intake has been inconsistent, I kept thinking that they must have been lagging behind in their weight gain. Dr. Easygoing reassured me that they are well. He said some babies’ weight gain flatline when mobility increases. Okra is 29 1/4 inches and Bunny is 28 3/4. They are long and lean babies. Dr. Easygoing commented on how social, interactive, happy, and healthy they are.
Shots were not part of the schedule for the 9-month check up, but blood work was. I didn’t realize it but Dr. Easygoing usually orders lab test for a complete blood cell count, food allergy panel, and lead for 9 months. Since Okra threw up twice after he had avocado in the past, Dr. Easygoing also threw in an order for avocado allergy. Fortunately the clinic has a lab there so we didn’t have to go anywhere else. Okra was the first one to be poked. He already started crying while being held down prior to any needle going in his arm. Bunny started pouting and crying when she heard her brother. She also screamed when it was her turn not because she was poked but because she was restrained. The good news is, they got over it quickly and stopped crying once we were out of the lab.
The lab results for the allergy panel came back the next day. Both babies’ blood did not show elevated value for the common items for food allergies. Right after lunch, I checked my email and found this from Dr. Easygoing. It was regarding Bunny’s blood test results: “Her blood test to check for anemia was inconclusive and she had some cells not typically seen on a normal blood smear. I want to recheck her blood test at our office and be certain everything is normal.” My heart was about to jump out of my chest when I saw it. What did that all mean? I took my phone out of my purse and found a missed call and a voicemail from Dr. Easygoing. He was asking me to call him when I had a chance as he wanted to talk to me about the kids’ lab. He said there was nothing to worry about but he just wanted to repeat the lab test for Bunny to make sure that everything was okay. He ordered another blood test and if I could bring Bunny in for it it’d be great. At that point, I was truly worried. So I called him back several times but he didn’t pick up. I paced the living room and was trying to think what it could mean to have “some cells not typical seen on a normal blood smear”. I was trying not to freak out. Finally, Dr. Easygoing called back and spoke to me. He said that the machine that ran the blood picked up on some atypical cells but because the machine doesn’t classify what kind of cell, it often marked it abnormal. The machine does it about once a week, and 99 out of 100 times it’s nothing. But to be safe and to rule out anything abnormal, he would like me to take Bunny in the same afternoon so we could get the results on the weekend. He said something about white blood cells and such. Honestly, I did feel a sense of urgency from his voice but I trusted that Bunny was in good hands. I canceled a visit from an out of town friend and drove Bunny to the clinic when she woke up from her nap.
Baby girl did very well this time. She struggled for a little when I held her down but she did not even make one peep when the needle went into her arm. She just stared at the tiny tube that had her blood flowing through and was acting totally normal throughout the whole thing without being even upset for one second. It was amazing to watch.
Then we waited. During that time, my mind ran really far with all the possibilities of what this might mean. I got scared at one point wondering what if she has cancer? Do we have to contact the donor to request additional family medical history? What will it mean for our family if she is sick? What if I lose her? I was freaking myself out and was trying not to freak out. It was very difficult to wait. But at the same time, I had to remember to pray for God’s peace that transcends all understanding.
Fortunately, Dr. Easygoing didn’t make us wait. We had the blood work done at 1:45. He called me at 5:20. The first thing he said was, good news that everything turns out great. Bunny is healthy. Nothing is wrong with her blood. Then he went on to explain what happened. The lab’s machine picked up on some “abnormal” white blood cells on the first blood sample. A hematologist looked at the blood and saw white blood cells that looked like cancerous cells (!?!?). Dr. Easygoing got a call from the lab with those results. He was alarmed and called up his trusted colleague who is a pediatric hematologist and showed her the results. She told him to just tell the family (us) to return for an additional sample to rule out any problems. He contacted me and tried to keep me as calm as possible but he himself was alarmed. When the second blood sample got sent for analysis, the pediatric hematologist went to the lab to take a look at it herself. This blood sample was totally normal. It turned out that the first sample contained some white blood cells that were the results of the body created antibodies to fight out the cold virus that Bunny had in the last week. Somehow the first hematologist (who apparently only looks at adult blood usually) mistook the cells as cancerous. Dr. Easygoing apologized profusely for worrying us unnecessarily and burdening me to take the baby in for another unnecessary blood draw. He said he’d talk to the clinic director about waiving billing for the second blood draw because it was the lab’s mistake and not ours.
I was just relieved that Bunny is still super healthy. I am also glad that Dr. Easygoing didn’t mention the C word the first time. I would have freaked big time. I am also grateful that Dr. Easygoing was on top of things so we didn’t have to wait for the whole weekend to get the blood test results. I hugged Bunny extra tight that day as we don’t have to worry about her healthy anymore.