This last week we've been having a bit of an issue with Ciara.
She has suddenly started peeing in her pants at least once a day. She has been potty-trained (except while sleeping) for a year now, so needless to say we've been pretty frustrated with her about this.
The first time it happened she was in the middle of watching a movie. Of course, my reaction was to get very angry with her about it. She knows what she is supposed to do and is fully capable of handling things on her own. Not going to the bathroom because you didn't want to stop watching a movie is just not acceptable. There were lots of tears when I told her that she couldn't finish her movie...but we made it through.
Things have gotten progressively worse since then. We've had screaming and crying, punishments and tantrums, and a nice big heap of guilt to wash it all down.
She says that nothing hurts. She says that she knows that she's supposed to use the potty. She also says that she doesn't know why she's going pee in her panties instead of on the potty.
I asked if she was doing it on purpose or if she just couldn't stop the pee from coming out, but she couldn't give me an answer. I asked if she needed to go to the doctor or if she was being naughty...nothing concrete to go on there either. What's a Mom to do? I can't keep getting mad at her if she really can't help it, but she can't tell me what's going on with her either.
When I mentioned going to the doctor she got visibly upset by the idea. So I gave her one last chance. One more accident and we were Doctor bound....period.
Today she went on a field trip with her class and they had a great time. We were able to come home right after they returned and before we got in the car I asked her if she had to use the potty. "Nope"
She seemed fine in the car. Chatty and happy, and no mention of needing to pee. Then we got home and I went to get her ready for nap and discovered that once again her panties were damp and stained. It wasn't like she'd had a real accident, but more like she'd just been leaking a little bit all day.
So we got on the phone with the doctor's office, but they wouldn't be able to see us until next Tuesday. I really didn't feel comfortable waiting that long so we headed off to the urgent care place. $15 more expensive, but at least I know I'll have an answer today.
As soon as we got there I had Ciara start drinking water, knowing that the first thing they would ask for is a sample. Of course, they didn't actually give us a whole lot of time for that water to run it's course. The nurse set us up with a "hat" in the bathroom and Ciara and I attempted to get the job done.
"But I don't have to go pee Mom"
"I know sweetie, but we can't leave until you do. Just try really hard, and if you just go pee then I promise that you can have candy when it's time to go home."
About 5 minutes later I was rewarded with a minuscule amount of urine.
"That's it Ciara? There's no more in there?"
"Nope, that's all"
"Okay. I sure hope it's enough."
A few minutes later the doctor came back with the results.
"I don't want to make you nervous or anything, but do you have a family history of diabetes?"
"Well, there was a small amount of sugar in her urine. We just want to do a finger prick and test her blood sugar to get some more to go on."
"Ok. Sure, I'll prepare her"
"Great, we'll be right back"
I explained to Ciara that they were going to prick her finger with a needle so that they could get a little drop of her blood. I said that it would hurt a little bit, but that I would be right there with her, and if she did a good job they had a lollipop for us for when we were all done. (I said this knowing that there was now a very distinct possibility that there would not be a lollipop after all. We'd cross that bridge when we got to it)
Ciara was SO brave! She sat on my lap while the nurse pricked her little finger and squeezed the blood out, and she didn't so much as flinch. I was so incredibly proud of her! She totally deserved a whole bouquet of lollipops after that!
The nurse left and a few minutes later the doctor came back to tell me that her blood sugar level was 101 and ideally it should have been around 99. She wanted to put a call in to our regular peds office to see how they wanted us to proceed. So we waited for a little bit longer. The end result was that our doctor wants us to follow up with them by Monday at the very latest. They gave me a long scary list of symptoms to watch out for over the weekend, and told me to restrict her diet until we find out for sure what's going on.
No lollipop for Ciara.
Can I just tell you how much fun it is to explain to a 3 year old that even though she did every single thing that was asked of her and didn't complain once, she still can't have the one thing was promised to her repeatedly? The thing that she loves most. She's a pretty smart girl though and she took it really well once the nurse offered her 3 Sponge Bob stickers instead. She's a trooper that little girl of mine.
As I was driving home I suddenly remembered that Ciara's lunch today consisted of pizza and 2 brownies. Certainly enough to account for slightly elevated blood sugar! I was feeling pretty good about things at that point...right up until I called our Peds office to try to schedule the follow up. I spoke with the nurse and mentioned Ciara's lunch to her. She agreed that it would definitely make the difference with the blood sugar...however that was not the real concern. The big issue is the fact that she had sugar in her urine and it shouldn't be there no matter what she ate. She said that we could definitely wait until Monday to follow up with the doctor as long as Ciara is acting normal.
Anyway, now I'm having a bit of a panic attack. I'm pretty sure it will last until sometime on Monday when we will hopefully find out whether my beautiful little girl is diabetic. Please keep us in your thoughts, and keep your fingers crossed that it's just a blip. Thanks!