A really close call...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Max holding his hands together as we say a prayer. At the end he always shouts "Ahhhhhhmen!" Melts my heart.

About a month ago my OB called me pretty late on a weeknight. She usually waits until the morning to call so I knew something was up. My 24 hour urine test (not a fun test) results came back with a really low amount of protein (or something like that). She said she was very concerned because this indicated that my kidneys are not functioning at optimal level. This is what every diabetic fears.

How could this be, I wondered?! I take such good care of myself and my blood sugars are in excellent control. My Dr. said it was most likely due to having diabetes for so long and it was finally catching up to me. She determined that the pregnancy was most likely amplifying everything and she was afraid it was the beginning stages of kidney failure. She gave me the number to a specialist and told me to call first thing in the morning.

I hung up the phone and cried hysterically. I want to live a long healthy life and see my children grow and be there the entire way...possible kidney failure would put a major dent in that plan.

I called the Nephrologist (kidney specialist) in the morning but I could not get in to see him for almost a month later. Apparently a lot of people have kidney problems.

In the past month I have never prayed harder in my life. It's ironic how when something could be wrong you suddenly beg God to listen and answer your prayers. I just knew in my heart that this was not God's plan for me.

I only told a few close friends and of course my immediate family what was going on. I tried to go about my normal routine this past month but this has been on my mind the entire time.

My appointment with the specialist was last Wednesday. The doctor walked in, shook my hand and looked very confused.

He sat down and said, "I am sorry you had to drive all the way down here but I have gone over and over your tests and blood work and your OB simply read your results wrong." He told me I was as healthy as could be and how refreshing it was to see a healthy pregnant type 1 diabetic. I jumped up out of my seat and gave him a big hug (probably not what he was expecting)! That was the BEST NEWS ever. I told him he seemed like a great doctor but I hope to never see him again.

I got in my car thanked God, cried (I cry a lot) and called my husband to tell him it was all a huge mistake!

I truly believe in the power of prayer and having faith even when prayer and faith seem useless.

I hugged my husband and son a little longer than usual when I got home from the doctors. This whole experience made me realize how precious life really is and not to take anything for granted...EVER. In a split second things can change.

60 comments:

Olivia said...

Oh my, how scary! I believe in praying too. Being grateful is so important and necessary in life. Happy times ahead for you!

Jenny in Ohio said...

wow, what a blessing! That is amazing.

Briana said...

Glad to hear you're okay!

Alli from Life on LeRoy said...

Oh gosh, so worried when I started reading your post and then so happy that everything was ok in the end! YIEKS! The power of prayer! My little guy always shouts AMEN too! I LOVE IT!

Future Mrs. K said...

Oh my gosh!! I hate that you had to go through that, but so glad that you had a positive outcome!!!

Meghan G said...

So happy to hear things are good with you.
what a blessing.
Thinking of you at this time and praying for a strong healthy pregnancy and baby.
Love the pic by the way
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Elisha(: said...

how scary!! so glad your okay!!! (:

Tonia L said...

That is the most adorable picture! I just love it! I'm so glad that everything turned out well!

Jeremy and Megan said...

That's GREAT news! What a relief for you and your family!! :)

Christina said...

Oh Lindsay!! This is the coolest story ever! So sorry you were scared though, I can NOT imagine. I just love that everything is ok! I love that God is with you and will protect those kidneys and that precious baby. So love this story!
xoxo

Urban Wife said...

So glad everything turned out fine! I know about scares and it's definitely amazing that God will always be with us.

Lindsay said...

Oh friend, I am so glad to hear that you are okay. What a scary few moments for you.

Samantha {Moody Mama} said...

Im so sorry you had that scare. I am so happy with the 'new' results and that you are doing so well!

The Procrastinator said...

I've been a long time reader but haven't ever commented -- this, I need to say something! I'm so sorry you were so scared, but I'm glad to hear everything worked out!!!

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

How scary!!! I'm so glad things worked out and that you're perfectly healthy! :)

sherri lynn said...

What an answer to prayer! Sometimes God uses really scary things to help us trust Him more!

Krissa said...

What a relief! So glad to hear it was all a mistake. Hoping the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly!

Life Happens said...

What a relief!! So glad things are better. What a scare your OB put you through. I pray that you will be blessed with continued health and happiness!

Well Mannered Mom said...

So glad everything worked out! I agree with you, and um...I actually teared up at the picture of your son's hands, then (of course) gushed through the rest of your post. (I'm a little on the sensitive side myself.) :-)

Erin said...

Oh my gosh...man I want to go talk to your Dr right about now! That is so scary. I am so thankful that everything is okay and that you are healthy and doing well!! :)

Dani of Rustic Comfort said...

Thank the good Lord! Shame on the Dr. for giving you a mild heart attack, you should be stress free while pregnant :-)

Lauren said...

what a beautiful post! I definitely believe in the power of prayer, and while I think it's certainly possible that your doctor misread the results, I also think it's just as possible that God answered your prayers and those results were "changed" by our Almighty! Praise God for answering prayers & his healing powers!

Juggling in Heels said...

I am so happy to hear everything is okay. It is amazing how often we do not turn to prayer when it is sometimes all we need to do. Keep your self healthy!

Christine said...

I just stumbled upon your blog last week, and I want to thank you so much for being so open with your experience as a type 1 diabetic. I was just diagnosed last year at the age of 24, and it is a huge adjustment for me and it's hard because I don't know anyone else with type 1. I have constant worries about pregnancy and having issues with my kidneys as well as other issues that come along with diabetes. It is such a relief to read your blog and realize that I'm not alone in this! It is also so nice to see that you have had healthy, happy pregnancies. Thank you for being so candid and willing to share your experience with others! : ) And I'm happy that your doctor ended up reading your results wrong, how scary!

CAW said...

Sometimes our very loving and graceful God brings us to our knees only to have us closer to Him. Glad all is well!! Thanks for sharing!

theolivetree said...

PRAISE GOD!! So happy to hear the good news and so happy for the power of prayer! How great it is the have a God that provides in our time of need.

Praying for a continuing healthy pregnancy friend.

Love the first photo...my son does the same thing.

Stephanie said...

Oh, that's such great news! So happy to hear that everything is ok!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Oh my gosh, what a horrible ordeal to go through but thankfully it was all one BIG HUGE mistake. My heart dropped because by all your post you can tell you are so disciplined & take such good care of yourself.

PS. I just observed my 3 year old nephew pray at dinner for the first time the other night & they love shouting the "amen" part don't they? So sweet!

Terry said...

Oh wow, Lindsay. I'm so sorry that you had to go through that month of wondering and worrying, but I am so happy that all is well. Big, big hugs.

Simply LKJ said...

Lindsay, so glad things turned out the way they did. But know that God is always with you, and guiding you through this pregnancy.

Alexa said...

Oh my goodness Lindsay. I am so relieved to hear that all is okay. You are so right that all things can change so quickly. It's important to enjoy each and every moment of life. Thinking of you!!! xo

Mary said...

So happy to hear it was a mistake and that you're OK!

Andrea @ Strawberry Chic said...

Yay! I was so glad to hear the happy ending to that story! I am a big believer in the power of prayer also :) Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly!

Sarah Roads said...

Wow, so glad you're ok. Praise God!

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

Lindsay I just got chills! What a scary experience for you! Thank goodness everything worked out for you...so so so so happy!
Jo-Anna

Lindsay said...

Praying for you all! WHAT a story! XOXO

Dary said...

What a great post! Thank you for sharing and I'm so happy with the results! Prayer such is a powerful way to communicate with God. I always say, "How can God answer your prayers if you don't ask." Many blessings to you and your family :)

Jenna said...

Wow, I'm so glad you're ok - I don't blame you for being on edge the whole month - I would be too! What a relief :)

xxx
Jenna

Susan said...

Thank the Lord! Wow, I'm sorry that must've been so so scary, but I'm so happy that everything is alright! God works in marvelous ways! I'm so glad you're alright, what a miracle!

Heather J said...

Oh Lindsay, I'm sorry that you had to go through all that worry and fear but I'm glad that in the end everything was alright.

trudy...{and jamo} said...

I am so glad everything is okay! What a blessing.
I love that picture, he is so cute!
I just LOVE your blog! I have told all my girlfriends about you and we love talking about your skin care tips. Thank you and keep them coming!

Lauren said...

That would freak me out too! I remember going a week thinking I had melanoma and everything that would mean while I waited for lab results. Even before kids it freaked me out (though one of the reasons was potentially never getting to be a mother). Then I had to wait a month to find out whether or not I could have children or not (or at least naturally w/ ease) - talk about putting life in perspective.

I don't know if the results were negative all along or if God "fixed" them - I honestly believe EITHER is 100% possible. My Dr. was 99.9% convinced I had PCOS but was stunned by my labwork. After having so many people pray over me, including my pastor, part of me believes I was healed (vs. never having it in the first place). I'll never know for sure, but I know God is always on our side and rooting for us. So glad to hear all is well :)

Tabitha Mahoney said...

Sooo glad it was just doctor error. So happy for you and your family.

Tab

Meredith said...

Jesus is SO good and never ceases to amaze me with how much He loves us- even our (silly or not so silly) plans are important to Him. Glad you are healthy, and praying you stay that way!

Ashley said...

Oh my gosh! How scary! I am so glad to know that everything is okay though. You deserve to see your children grow up. You're prayers were definitely answered that day & I don't blame you for crying out of happiness one bit!

Meg {henninglove} said...

thank God for the better results. He was definitely protecting you and your family for sure, praise God for that!!

brittany said...

oh my goodness. i cannot even imagine how many emotions you must have felt through that whole thing... and especially after realizing that they were wrong! wow! and praise God you're okay!!

jessica {creative index} said...

oh my gosh! what a relief! so glad to hear you're okay!

colleen said...

oh goodness. i know that lesson too well. i am so, so happy you are ok and the baby is ok. i'll keep praying you continue to have a healthy pregnancy!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

What?? Oh my Goodness, what a scare! And so happy it was just that, a scare! I can't imagine the relief you felt after finding it was just a mix-up!
Happy to hear that you're doing ok ;)

Bethany said...

Gosh how scary!!! Glad everything worked out ok. And how precious is your little boy?!

Rachael said...

Oh you poor thing!!!!! Don't get me wrong, I understand that it's okay, that you felt God's presence, that you somehow (good for you!) got something beautiful out of this but seriously!!!! You poor darling! I'm sorry you had to go through this scare! Thank God you're alright. And the babe of course!

The Coolidges said...

What an answer to prayer. God is so good!

thebraleybunch! said...

Thank you for sharing your experience and showing us the power of prayer!

simplyvonne said...

the OB read it wrong??!!! omg i would be so upset with them since one WHOLE month of worrying! so glad to hear that everything is good! whew!

Felicia said...

I had no idea you were going through this :( I wish I could have been there for you during that difficult time. Glad everything is okay :)

misc.alaina said...

I am so glad that you got good news from the specialist, but how awful for you that you went a whole month of worrying for no reason. Hopefully you have a talk with your OB about this. Love that shot of your little guy saying a prayer!!

the balanced libra said...

linds! This is scary you had to go thru this turmoil! I had not heard this! Bless the Lord! Glad you are o.k.! I cant believe they
"read it wrong"
what a miracle.

Jenny Taylor said...

This just made me smile and tear up a little bit. That definitely was an answered prayer and thank God for it!! :)

Shug in Boots said...

Oh. My. Word. I am in tears. When I'd read the first part of this post, my heart sank (I am diabetic and TERRIFIED of pregnancy ... I've had no complications so far {23 years} ... THANK THE LORD ABOVE!!!)Isn't that just amazing?!?! Read the results wrong! Wow! Did you let the OB Gyn know? What a torture to spend a WHOLE MONTH worrying over that! But again, I believe God does things to get our attention so we stay snuggled close to him. I'm so glad it turned out okay!

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