Since we learned last month that our child is peeing pancake syrup, we have made heroic efforts to cut the sugar out of our diets. And the person who has been most compliant and most faithful to this lifestyle change is Sean. He has simply accepted it and goes along with little complaint.
The other day, his teacher told me that when he was offered candy at school, he politely declined. He pointed to his arm where his blood was drawn and said the doctor told him no candy until his blood was better. It kind of breaks my heart that he is so mature about it because I personally want to throw myself down on the ground and pound my fists and rail about the unfairness of it all.
Not being able to have candy or sweets is really hard on kids because every occasion is a candy occasion and every holiday is candy-centric — and Easter is perhaps the worst of all.
To make matters worse, when it came time to fill the Easter eggs last week, not only did I not fill them with candy, but I filled them with money from his own piggy bank. Why not just fill them with broccoli or tofu? What kind of mother would do such a thing? He didn’t seem to notice. After he found all the eggs, he simply wanted to hide them and hunt them again because unlike the adults, he gets that it’s not about the candy.
So then, earlier this week we visited with a pediatric nephrologist, a doctor who deals with all things kidney to see if we could figure out once and for all why Sean has so much sugar in his urine and if we should continue with our regimen of no candy, obsessive hand wringing and asking him 30 times a day if he feels okay and is he sure he feels okay.
After reviewing the bloodwork, the doctor said his best guess is that Sean has inherited a genetic mutation which causes his kidneys not to filter out the sugar properly. The doctor said in his 20 years of practice, this is only the second case of this he has come across. Two in 20 years. See? My child is super special, it’s not just me saying that now, it’s been medically proven.
The good doctor assured us that we have no cause to worry — Sean’s condition is totally benign. Unlike those dimples of his that are lethal and cause his mother’s heart to beat apace.