Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Weekly Blood Tests

This Wordless Wednesday is a little more word full than normal, but I didn't want to post these without an explanation. I share these for others who worry about doing blood tests on their children. It can be hard at first, but it is necessary to keep them healthy.

Both of my kids have Phenylketonuria (PKU), an inborn error of metabolism, so they both have their blood tested every week. This helps to keep them healthy and developing normally. We warm up my daughter's foot with a warm washcloth to help.

A lancet makes a small poke.

The blood is collected on a Guthrie card much like the ones used to do Newborn Screening before your baby leaves the hospital. That is when babies are diagnosed with PKU. The difference is that this one only has one circle to fill.

Since my son is older, he can do the pokes on his finger much like a diabetic can. He prefers it to his foot. We will send off the test papers to the state lab and within a week will have the results. His dietary therapy changes depending on those levels.

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