I hate every part of these testing processes: the scouring and measuring of her every body part, the labeling of her abnormalities, the painful pokes, the inability to explain it to Eden, the wait…. the terribly long wait…, and then the dreaded phone call. Ugh.
Why didn’t they just test for everything when they had her blood the last time, you ask? Good question. Actually, genetic testing is extremely sensitive and many tests require different rules for the way the blood is drawn. They also seem to need A LOT of blood and we couldn’t possibly take it all at one time. In fact, Eden has such small veins that it is difficult to get any blood at all, not to mention the screaming and crying that keeps her favorite nurses at bay. She doesn’t kick and fight, actually she is so irresistible with her “please… all done” and “no thank you, no more” whimpery type cries that any phlebotomist with a heart at all just melts in front of her.
In the end, they poked her a million times, they “blew out” a vein, they didn’t get enough blood, and we have to start all over again when her arms (and emotions) heal. Eden already seems to be over it, but I still need some more time to recuperate. :)
Good thing they sell wonderful homemade gelato at The Children’s Hospital. We shared a scoop for breakfast and all was well again.
(By the way, if I had to lay on an examining table to have my body's abnormalities measured and labeled I think I’d go jump off a cliff. It’s like some bad sorority dream. At some point, this can’t be good for her psyche right?)