Lincoln had his tests and urologist appointment yesterday.
He does not have kidney reflux. In fact, his little urinary tract works beautifully. Everything is in the right place, everything flows in the right direction. He does have phimosis but the urologist thought it didn't look too bad. He feels that with the continued use of cortisone, he should outgrow it within a month or so. He does not want to circumcise Lincoln, and would only do that as an absolute last resort (I am so glad). He also felt that Lincoln's second UTI may not have been a full blown UTI. That there was such a small amount of bacteria detected that it likely just some bacteria from his foreskin and he probably didn't need to be treated. So it's not as bad as we all thought.
They did take a urine sample to see if he has a current UTI and will call me by Friday if he does.
As an added bonus, the urologist examined Lincoln when he found out about Steve's fertility problems due to his undecended testicle and hernia surgeries. Lincoln's testicles are right where they are supposed to be and his little body is perfect.
I am so grateful and thankful and happy.
But... this means that the little bugger has been stringing me along all this time with his crying and screaming fits and his constant nursing throughout the night and his fussiness through the day.
He has been only taking two 30 minute naps a day. Then up nursing all night and awake at 4:30am for an hour or so and up for the day usually around 6am or 6:30am. He becomes a delirious, screaming lunatic each evening, and sometimes is a fussy cranky little shit all day long. He can NOT fall asleep without my boob in his mouth. I thought he was needing the comfort for his discomfort but if he's not in any discomfort then perhaps his sleeping habits have just gotten out of control and I need to take control in order to save this family from it's misery.
I am now full on doing research into sleep problems and sleep training and all that goes along with it. A girlfriend used Helen Sands for her son when he had similar problems and she swears by her. I read the plan and I'm worried it's too harsh. Or is that what it takes? Anyone use that method? Anyone have success with any other methods? Any good books I should read? Any techniques or suggestions?
Bring it on. Send me all your wisdom and advice! I want it all - good, bad or otherwise. I want all the info I can get so I am confident in the path I choose. I want to end Lincoln's misery. And mine. And Ruby's and Steve's. (And everyone else who comes in contact with us).
I also wanted to say that I love you all. Thank you for all your kind comments and emails in regards to my last post. You sent me your great wisdom and concern and caring and it meant so much to me. I felt a little less alone and a little less scared and a little more supported. I do not know what I would do without you all.