Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My First St. Patty's Day!

Yesterday was a great day, and not just because it was my first St. Patrick's Day. I went back to Johns Hopkins again to try and finally get my kidneys checked out. Last time my veins weren't big enough to get the IV in so we had to reschedule. For this visit, Mr. Ron and Miss Christina had a special machine that helped them find my veins under a UV light. It was called the Vein Viewer - it was awesome and they got the IV in on the first shot.

After the IV and the catheter (ouch! that was my third catheter and I am only 5 months), they strapped me down to a table and took xray pictures of this dye moving through my kidneys and bladder. I didn't mind it so much... I laughed with mom and dad and Gege - yes, she came out to visit me and watch me while mom and dad go to work. I even took a nap for a bit. I was strapped down for an hour.

After the procedure, we met with Dr. Gearhart. He is a Scottish man from Georgia and he talks funny and tells weird stories. He told me my kidneys looked great and are draining properly. Great News! No more medicine and no more IVs.

We got the party started later that afternoon. The adults had corned beef, potatoes and Gege's Irish soda bread and this weird drink that was really dark and had a creamy layer on top. Dad really seemed to like it. It was definitely NOT my kind of drink. I will stick with the milk.

I think I am going to like St. Patrick's Day more and more every year. I cant wait to go to the Doyle Corned Beef Bash in Chicago. I hear it is pretty wild. Here are some pics...


I am enjoying my time with Gege, she is spoiling me and I am giving her lots of kisses in return. Talk to you soon!


Amy said...

Glad to hear your kidneys are all good, Finn! Happy (belated) St. Patrick's Day!

Guera said...


Glad to see that your parents are introducing you to the finer points of Irish life!