It was an early morning drive to Philly at 5am, but by 11am, Stephen had done blood work, had a kidney ultrasound, and was seen by the nurse practioner, nephrologist and psychology. It was a busy, long morning, but by the end, they all determined, that there was no reason to keep him and we could go home. Hallelujah!!
As I thought, his creatinine wasn't as high when we did it today at CHOP (for some weird reason, it's always higher at the lab here in Virginia) and the ultrasound didn't show any blockages or unusual things with the kidney. His red and white blood cell counts are low and the lab noted his red blood cells are enlarged, but we/they think it's all related to the cellcept; one of Stephen's major anti-rejection medications. He's always had issues with the cellcept, actually. Last Summer, after transplant, it made his white cell count incredibly low. Eventually, he stopped taking it when he became positive for the BK virus, but once he was negative for BK, they put him back on it. And it's back to causing issues. So, over the next few weeks, we'll do some more blood work and talk about using a different test for kidney function, instead of creatinine, and possibly start a new medication in place of CellCept.
But ultimately, the good news is that we are home and Stephen did so great today with all of his tests! Personally, I think the doctors also just wanted to put their eyes on him and see that he truly is looking and acting like himself.
You tell me, does this look like a sick little boy?! I sure don't think so!! (He was so proud of his Spring hat he made at school!)