Tuesday, March 04, 2008

May I borrow your kidney?

My son was born with a multicystic kidney. This kidney has had zero function since before he was born. His other kidney has been fine up until a year ago. Last March we found out that his "good" kidney has now developed about three cysts and maybe some tiny ones that we just can't see yet. I took Austin to his pediatric nephrologist today and not much has really changed. That's the good news. The bad news is that Austin will probably have to have a kidney transplant down the road. Not anytime soon, thank goodness, but sometime. Hopefully, he will reach adulthood before that happens.

In unrelated news, I am waiting for an email to come through from Oklahoma State University telling whether or not I have been accepted into their clinical psychology doctorate program. They only take 5 students per year. The lab I'm wanting in is only accepting 1 of those students. ONE! I'm currently in Northeastern State University's counseling program, but I want clinical psych and I want OSU. I interviewed this past weekend and they said we would know by today or tomorrow whether or not we have been accepted. There were over 120 applicants and only 20 got invited to have an interview and now only 5 of us will be allowed to enroll in the Fall. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me.


I didn't get in. I guess I'll stay at NSU.


Gina said...

My son was born with a multicystic kidney, too. Luckily he is now 11 and hasn't had any other problems. We still have annual checkups and sonograms and so far so good (though the non-functioning one was shrinking, but has now gotten a tiny bit larger). But I still worry about it all the time. Sometimes it's hard to let go and let him just be abiy because I worry about him hurting the "good" one.

Marti said...

Hi, Gina! I do the same thing. I often have to tell myself that he only has one heart and one brain and one liver, etc..., but it's still hard knowing that he should have TWO kidney's. Nice to meet you. :)