Hi - My son who has had lots of protein in his urine since September just saw the kidney specialist on Friday. We were told by the endo that it couldn't be from diabetes because my son has good A1Cs, is only 10 and hasn't gone through puberty. He has had diabetes for 6 yrs. Anyway on Friday morning right before we saw the specialist he had a kidney ultrasound which was normal. They have ruled out Orthostatic protein (which basically means protein leaks when your are standing up but not when your are lying down). This means that you would never have protein in your first morning urine. Also if you have this condition it is totally benign and won't hurt your kidneys. We have done 2 first morning, a 24 hour and several random tests and all have protein and some have lots. Well the kidney specialist came into the room with a bunch of info on diabetic nephropathy (diabetic kidney disease). And I said, (Why is that what you think he has?) Then I started crying and they sent my son out of the room. The doctors told me that they will still do a few more tests and depending on the results they will do a biopsy in February but if they see the numbers stay how they are they will presume it is diabetic nephropathy and he will be put on ACE inhibitors in January. The doctors then said, "the kidneys he has will see him to adulthood." Really?? Is that supposed to make me feel better? I was going for a good 80 yrs. They also told me that kidney tranplants are the best to have and that this isn't life threatening. It sure feels like it when it is your child they are talking about. This is only supposed to happen to people who have had diabetes for 30 years and with bad control and even then it only affects 30% of diabetics. I just can't believe this is happening. Anyway - I am walking around like I did when he was diagnosed with diabetes. So sad. I could cry at a drop of a hat. I know in a few days I will get used to this but for now I am wallowing. My poor boy. Just wanted to update all of you who followed my posts in November.