We had been planning on having Owen's party back home at the end of June (yes, still early!) because we thought that would be Michael's last free weekend before starting residency. Then, Daddy got his schedule, and it wasn't pretty. So we made a few last minute decisions and pulled off a fun party with lots of friends, family and fun! Unfortunately Mommy didn't get to plan out all the extravagant details that went in the first party. (That would be baking over 4 dozen cupcakes and making a ridiculous amount of cake pops!) BUT, I think Owen still had fun. Just don't tell him his cake was from Wal Mart! :) (Although it was quite delicious!)
|We were getting a little hot here...time to swim!|
Marlee and Pops were gracious enough to let us "borrow" their backyard and pool for the party. Of course, my Dad, the cleaner had everything in tip-top shape, along with a freshly mowed yard, compliments of Uncle Will. :)
We had lots of family and friends come to wish our sweet miracle boy a happy day! Thank you to those who were able to make it...Owen is still enjoying checking out his new gifts!
We were able to visit with most of our family, as we won't be able to return home for a while. Apparently being a doctor comes with a demanding schedule! Not to mention we will be adding another member to our family as soon at 6 weeks! (Delivery is yet to be determined, but could possibly go at 39 weeks!)
We celebrated the wonderful men in our lives on Father's Day. Pops, being the "chef" he is whipped up a yummy dinner and we had a nice relaxing night by the pool. Since Dr. Daddy is so great, he got a double dose....Father's Day and his 27th Birthday on the same day!
Owen had some very important testing done today, to check up on that crazy bladder of his. :) All reports are good! We are going to stick with our current schedule of cathing every 4 hours, and using a Foley catheter for 8 hours overnight. The testing showed improvement in his native left kidney! He previously had the highest level of reflux from his bladder back to his kidney on this side. The reflux has now slowed down, is only intermittent and when his bladder is overfilled. The new kidney only received a small amount of reflux when the bladder was too full. This was important to know so we could see if our current cathing regimen was emptying his bladder before it gets too full.
Owen's bladder refluxed when filled with 175mL of fluid. Our doctor told us that a "normal" 30lb kid would only hold around 100mL of fluid. We chart all of our caths and weigh each wet diaper. We are cathing before he reaches 175mL and he is also wetting diapers in between. All that to say....he's doing great! As long as we don't let his bladder overfill (which it's not) then we don't have to worry about reflux! Yay! Thank you, thank you for your prayers for Owen. Please continue to pray that the Lord will strengthen and stretch Owen's bladder.
Aunt Carrie's kidney continues to be happy and working amazingly well in it's new home. Our nephrologist even commented at our last visit just how stable Owen's labs have been. We go each Friday for labs and nephrology clinic. Out of the past 6 visits, for 5 of them Owen's creatnine has been .29 (4 of them right in a row!). This is the level our doctors monitor to watch for rejection. We were told it's very rare to be so consistent, but then again when your a miracle like Owen, we are always expecting God to reveal Himself in mighty ways!
Thanks again for checking on our little mischievous man. He's become quite the speed crawler, and is pulling up and literally getting into anything and everything! He is enjoying life and it is such a joy to watch him thrive and grow!