Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Pray for Avery tomorrow...
we are going into Methodist Germantown Hospital tomorrow to get retested for Bladder Reflux :( She got diagnosed a year ago and has been on antibiotics ever since!
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.
VUR is most commonly diagnosed in infancy and childhood after the patient has a urinary tract infection (UTI). About one-third of children with a UTI are found to have VUR. VUR can lead to infection because urine that remains in the child’s urinary tract provides a place for bacteria to grow. But sometimes the infection itself is the cause of VUR.
Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) can cause swelling in the ureter and kidney, known as hydroureter and hydronephrosis.
The test consists of this...
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.
Our prayer is that she has completely outgrown this and that no further treatment will be necessary...
Pray for mommy too...It is so hard for me to have to watch her go through this procedure...I have to hold her hands above her head, while she is screaming bloody murder for about 30 minutes...uuuuggghhhh...I am just ready for it to be over with!
Thanks for all of your prayers for all of us!