Essentials: As it Relates to me Managing Everything and N’s Left Kidney

Life just won’t slow down.

Maybe I should rephrase that.

I can’t, won’t, don’t know how to slow down.

I knew going in that this week was going to be all sorts of crazy. I’m halfway through and starting to accept that I need to stick to the essentials and call off the rest. The essentials being N’s nuclear kidney scan, getting M to school and me to Bible study, and scheduling a haircut for me and a play date for M. Oh, and making sure there’s some sort of dinner for everyone to eat. That’s it.

We did the kidney scan yesterday and got the results today. N’s left kidney is practically doing all the work at 89% function. His right is only at 11%. Ideally, they should both be doing 50%. When I was watching the techs take pictures yesterday, I saw the screen and knew it wasn’t good. The left one was glowing as brightly as the sun and the right one looked like a dying star. The urologist thinks it’s purely congenital, meaning it never properly developed. The radiologist thinks there may be some scarring due to infection. Now I’m curious to know what a nephrologist (kidney doctor) thinks. But regardless of who’s right, it doesn’t change what we are doing next, which is simply to wait.

We will keep going in for repeat ultrasounds. At 18 months do more kidney/bladder function tests. But mostly continue to pray that the left one will outgrow the reflux. If it doesn’t then we’ll consider surgery. Focus needs to be on keeping the left one healthy so that he’s not at risk of going into renal failure.

Mostly, I walked out of the doctor’s office being super thankful that, of all our organs, God gives us two kidneys. N has a functioning left one that’s essential now.



I wish this picture were better because he’s not crying at all just trying to wiggle his way out. He quickly earned himself the straight jacket to keep him pinned to the bed. I think it was a good ab workout for him which makes me feel far less guilty for calling off PT this week! Essentials people.

“For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.” – 2 Cor 1:3-5

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