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A Julia Update

By Wyatt Earp | March 28, 2009


You may remember the nightmare we went through with Julia two weeks ago. She was battling a urinary tract infection that kept her in the hospital for three days. Considering she is only three months old, it wasn’t fun.

Well, on Thursday we had our follow-up appointment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). It’s a great facility – it is also where my sister-in-law works as a nurse – in West Philadelphia. Despite the fact that it is about a 70-minute drive during rush hour, it is the best place to be.

The doctor greeted us and took us into an examination room. After he poked and prodded Julia, he said, “Her bladder is full, she should be urinating soon.”

I have no ideas how he knew that, but a minute later, the girl was going. Freaky.

Now, to be honest, I have no idea what goes on down there. I am a guy, and my first three children were boys. Girls (and women) are a mystery to me – a fact that would be confirmed by every woman I have ever dated – so when the doctor was ’splaining things, I just nodded my head like an idiot. It’s my natural look, by the way.

Any hoo, they believe the problem is reflux, where the urine goes back to the kidneys. Not good. The doc checked Julia with a quick ultrasound and determined that she was “evacuating” fully, which is a good sign. Unfortunately, they want her to come back for a VCUG test – a radiological exam to make sure everything is okee dokee with her plumbing.

Between that test, another ultrasound, and the doctor’s visit, we were told to expect to be at CHOP all day. The appointment is set for June. Until then, she still has to take the antibiotics, and we have to hope and pray everything stays normal.

Personally, I just want to do everything in my power to make sure she gets healthy again. Praying helps.

Topics: The Girl | 18 Comments »

18 Responses to “A Julia Update”

  1. Elm Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Such a sweet little girl. I’m sure that she’ll be 100% OK.

    And we women make ourselves mysterious just so we can watch you guys try to figure us out. It’s loads of fun!

  2. GroovyVic Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I am in full and total agreement with Elm.

  3. RT Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Praying does help. :) I was thinking about her yesterday and I think I remember praying for her recently, too (sometime this past week).

    I’ll continue to do so.

  4. bob (either orr) Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Prayers duly offered upon reading… to be continued at Mass tomorrow.

  5. cbullitt Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    You’ve got mine Wyatt, for the whole family.

  6. kaveman Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Prayers on the way.

  7. Moe Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    If she grows up to marry a guy named Glen Gulia, her name will be Julia Gulia.

    And before you ask, I don’t know why that’s funny.

  8. Alan B Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    She’s lucky to be in a loving, caring family.

    Look after yourself as well – Julia and the boys need and will thrive on positive, strong, loving leadership.

  9. ArkieRN Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I had that reflux problem as well. I hope things go well for little Julia.

    Saying prayers.

  10. Dave Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I hope all turns out well for your daughter, Wyatt. Chop is a first rate hospital; when my youngest son was born, he had to be flown from NC to CHOP for specialized surgery. I cannot say enough about how great the doctors and staff at that place are. First rate all the way!

  11. deb Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    She is absolutely gawgeous !! Congrats & my prayers are with you & yours…

  12. Lisa Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I hope everything turns out well for your baby girl Wyatt. CHOP is the best–I know from first hand experience, when my daughter was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes four and a half years ago—she’s in college now and I’m just happy that the endocrine team at CHOP can take care of her until she graduates.

    There is no better place for her to be. You are all in my prayers.

  13. Assrot Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 1:42 pm


    I have never been a believer in organized religion. In fact I generally despise it. I do however believe there is a higher power that I call God for lack of a better term.

    I will pray for your little girl. I just became a grandfather myself for the 6th time on January 30th to a beautiful little girl. I can very well imagine the worries that go through your mind right now.

    May God be with you and your family and especially your little girl. I am hoping and praying for the best for all of you.


  14. Rick Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I will keep the prayers coming.

  15. Daisy Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I’ll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything will be ok with your little angel.

  16. drjim Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    There are few things worse than to hear of the illness of a little child.
    You and your family will be in my family’s prayers.
    Be strong, and may God bless you and look over your dear little one.

  17. cpdcoppurr Says:
    March 30th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    prayers sent your way…. I hope she is ok.. I came by the way of Fuzzy’s Dad site. I pray Julia makes a speedy recovery.

  18. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 30th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Elm – Oh yeah, it’s a laugh riot!

    GroovyVic – I figured you would be. :)

    RT/Bob/cbullitt/Kaveman – Thank, guys. Prayers are appreciated.

    Moe – Kevin’s godfather already calls her that. Damn you, Adam Sandler!

    Alan B – Oh well, then they’re screwed. Kidding, kidding!

    ArkieRN – Thank you. We’ll breathe easier after the VCUG test.

    Dave – My sister-in-law works there. They have a terrific staff, and Julia’s doc was top-rate.

    Deb – Thank you. Luckily for us, she looks like her mother.

    Lisa – Thanks. The care is worth the nightmare trip. The doc said we could take the VCUG test there or at another location . . . in King of Prussia. We’ll stay closer to home.

    Joe – Thanks, and congratulations!

    Rick/Daisy – Thanks, guys!

    Dr Jim – Thanks much. I appreciate it.

    cpdcoppurr – Thanks. Be safe out there!