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Sunday, November 20, 2011
On a slightly less positive note, we found out this week that Faith's little sister, Selah, has Vesicoureteral Reflux. Basically, the tubes from the kidneys to the bladder (ureters) are supposed to be one-way, protected with a valve-type system where they go into the bladder. Selah's ureters apparently go into her bladder in a different way, so the urine is able to travel back up to the kidneys from the bladder. She has about a 30-40% chance to grow out of it, so for now she is on antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent her from getting UTI's (because they could cause kidney infections/damage/scarring). In 6 months, she'll have testing again to see if it's gotten any better, and if not, we'll talk about options.
And, because Faith has also had at least one UTI, she will need to have the same testing done ASAP, because there is a 1 in 3 chance that she actually has the same thing. I am finding that to be the most disturbing part of this... Selah will get better, whether she grows out of it or has a procedure to fix it, and she won't remember any of it, so I'm really not worried about her. Faith has been through so much already, and thankfully to this point she has been too young to really remember any of it. I'm afraid she will remember this testing though... it was traumatic for me/Selah, and I'm imagining it will be significantly more traumatic for Faith :(
The test is a VCUG, where they put a catheter in, then fill her bladder with contrast, then take pictures under fleuroscopy as she pees to see if it is refluxing up to the kidneys. Not fun. Holding her down for testing as a baby was one thing, because babies have short memories and the hugs at the end of the test usually erased the trauma. Holding down a (really strong!) three year old is my idea of torture, for both of us. I am crossing my fingers that we might be able to get a sedative for her to take before the test...
Anyway, I will post her results after she has the testing!
Posted by Raeanne at 10:12 PM