Saturday, July 19, 2008
We brought Bennett for bloodwork yesterday. Not for any recent illness but because our pediatrician wants to rule out everything. We've put it off for a couple months but finally went yesterday. Bennett was not impressed - one lab tech laid on top of him, Jim held his legs down and the other tech held his arm and took the blood - what did mommy do you ask? Well, the only sensible thing I could think of - I left the room and cried in the hallway. They took 4 vials of blood and it took forever because they lost the vein partway through. We were happy to have it done and over with until we got home and listened to the message on the answering machine - it was the lab - they wanted us to bring him back because - oops- they had made a mistake and didn't get enough blood! I refused to bring him back and insisted that we could finish next week, which they agreed to.
We also have to get a urine sample from him. I remember when the doctor told us this. Jim and I being totally in sync as usual, both wondered "how the heck do we do that?". I give Jim credit though because he had the courage to both ask and answer the question in the same sentence - "How do we do that - wring out the diaper?". Ahh....I still giggle when I think of it. It does make sense - at least to me. However, apparently that is not how you get a urine sample from a baby. Apparently you use a bag.
So yesterday, I asked the lab tech about the urine sample and she gave me a bottle and asked the following question: "Does he pee?" It may seem like a simple question but I must admit I wasn't even sure how to answer that one without inserting sarcasm somewhere in my answer. Instead I politely replied, "Yes, as a matter of fact, he does pee - however, he doesn't do it on command and I really doubt he'll do it in that little bottle". I then asked about a bag and she agreed to get me one. It is a strange looking contraption for sure so I thought I would ask how to use it. She proceeded to whisper - "You put it around his ...uh.....you know...scrotum...and uh.........". She seemed so uncomfortable at this point that I decided to just end the conversation and figure it out myself.
Now I'm asking all of you - can anyone help me? Any suggestions?