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a day at the hospital: photos and film

This past Tuesday was a full day at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital – there was a lot of waiting, many big words, and not a whole lot of food, but fortunately we have a really cute baby to take photos of to pass the time.

We arrived at our thyroid specialist’s office at 10:30 am, having had a bit of fun driving around downtown Memphis with some pretty awful directions.

We rose above the bad directions and we were awarded with a 2 1/2 hour wait – sweet action!

The long wait translated into a photo session with Abbey:

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(behind us is the sink Beth turned on that exploded all over Lee)

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(Lee, Grammie, Abbey, and Beth)

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Finally, the doctor showed up in our room, did a quick exam, and sent his nurse in to whisk us off to Abbey’s nuclear scan:

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(Beth, immediately before Abbey was injected with radioactive dye)

That’s right, yet again we got to play to “poke and prod the baby” game – this time with the excitement of radioactivity (just a tiny amount).

The dye is used to mark Abbey’s thyroid for this next step in our medical journey:

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(tiny baby with a massive nuclear scanner)

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(Abbey was exhausted from crying during her injection, so she sleep soundly for the 40 minute scan)

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(Mama looks at her little girl – both Beth and Abbey were troopers)

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The nuclear scanner looks really sexy, and I guess it is if you really like large computers and nuclear imaging, but it moves so slowly that it is not really very exciting.

Due to a shortage of visual excitement, I decided to try to catch the emotion of the moment in this video clip:

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Finally, at 3:30 in the afternoon, we finished Abbey’s scan and we had lunch!

Back to the doctor’s office, where we were informed of Abbey’s immature thyroid and paused to take a photo with our awesome “handler” Jackie for the next, well, rest of Abbey’s lifetime (or however long we live in Jackson, I guess)

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Also, you may find this strange, but we were also encouraged because Abbey was really fussy and cried because she was hungry when we got back to the Doctor’s office:

The reason this is a good thing is that part of Abbey’s thyroid condition is that she tends to be really sleepy and super laid back – so it was good to see her get opinionated about needing her dinner.

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After a really long day, we headed home and here is what we felt like physically and emotionally when we finally walked through the door of our home at 7:45.

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In our next post I will let you know what the future holds for Abbey and her treatment for congenital hypothyroidism.

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