Thursday, October 2, 2008

Friday Morning

Think of Lindy tomorrow, Friday morning, as she has a morning full of appointments to check on her kidney reflux. They discovered in the NICU that she had Grade 3 kidney reflux. Urine normally flows in one direction—down from the kidneys, through tubes called ureters, to the bladder. Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) is the abnormal flow of urine from the bladder back into the ureters. It was most likely caused from the urinary tract infection she had while in the NICU.

The great majority of children with reflux outgrow this over the course of several years. Reflux is divided into grades I, II, III, IV, and V. In children with grades I and II, 80% will resolve spontaneously by school age. Spontaneous resolution is progressively less common in grades III and IV (only about 10% of grade IV involving both sides), and rare in grade V.

Tomorrow Lindy will have the following done:
1.)Kidney and bladder ultrasound: This test shows shadows of the kidney and bladder that may point out certain abnormalities.
2.)Voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG): A test that examines the urethra and bladder while the bladder fills and empties. A liquid that can be seen on x rays is placed in the bladder through a catheter. Pictures are taken when the bladder is filled and when the child urinates. This test can reveal abnormalities of the inside of the urethra and bladder. The test can also determine whether the flow of urine is normal when the bladder empties.
3.) Blood drawn.

The ultrasounds are easy (she had that done about 6 months ago). Having blood drawn and getting her to lay still for the VCUG will not be so much fun.

Think of her tomorrow!!

4 comments:

lauren said...

Lindy can't seem to catch a break, can she? I pray that things will go well tomorrow for her (and for you guys...)!

Ann said...

Hey Jamie,
I have loved reading your blog today. Will and Lindy look so healthy and happy! You're doing a great job as a Mama. We hope to meet them one day soon. :)

Ann

Lauree said...

Ugh... Cassie's been through those tests after two UTI's, so I know exactly what you're going through today. We went through it last winter. Cassie was terrified of the machines, so I hope that Lindy wasn't too scared. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hey, hope it went well! I'm sure it wasn't fun but at least it's over. Hope it was good news. So great seeing all of you at the pitiful excuse for a football game!
Lindsay