Last week we got word that the insurance company approved the genetic testing for Sebastian. Of course I imagine at least some of it will en...
My Tough Little Man
Last time Sebastian got his blood drawn he was about a year old and daddy took him to do it since I was afraid I'd be a nervous wreck. It was for a large blood panel where they were testing him for a variety of things (thyroid, allergies, blood count, etc.) so they needed several vials of blood. Unfortunately it was at a regular LabCorp location where they did not have much experience on babies. It took them a couple of tries and poor Brian had to hold Sebastian down while he screamed and cried. I was very sad for him and thankful I wasn't there since I would not have handled that well.
This time, I offered to go with them but knew I would definitely be a nervous wreck after hearing those stories, and I'd hate for my fears to make Sebastian scared. So nice, calm Brian bravely offered to take him by himself again. But apparently I had nothing to fear. OHSU has phlembotomists with lots of experience with children so they have this down. Granted Sebastian is 2 years older than last time and they were drawing quite a bit less blood, but still it sounds like they knew what they were doing. They did the blood draw super fast, Sebastian flinched but didn't cry, and then they gave him 2 new books to take home. (Distraction is often a magic cure for small children.) Sebastian has talked about the experience several times with Brian and I without any sadness or fear. He says it hurt but referred to it this morning as "the doctor scratched my arm". I asked him if he cried and he says "nooo" with a giggle like that's a funny idea. What a tough little man we have on our hands. I'm so proud of him.
Results can take about a month. So now we wait...
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Mother, wife, web developer, writer. I blog about my life as an anorexia survivor, depression battler, being a mother to 2 boys, 1 with NF1, living healthy, and much more!