The Hall’s Haven

6.17.2011

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Poor baby! We have known for a long time that Hannah has fluid on her left kidney, and that most likely meant she has kidney reflux. The test for kidney reflux is called a Voiding Cystourethrogram or a VCUG. It is an x-ray examination of a child's bladder and lower urinary tract that uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and a contrast material. First they strapped her hands up by her ears, then wrapped her with an ace bandage around a body board. They they had to wrap her eyes with a bandage as well to reduce the amount of radiation that would get to her. They put in the catheter and she kicked it out, so they inserted another, and she peed that one out. Finally they put in a third catheter and then strapped her legs down as well. Hannah was screaming for over an hour and there was nothing I could do to comfort her. It was like they were ripping my heart out. I was so happy when I got to pick her up and love her after it was all over.

Later they called me to tell me that her kidney's were "unremarkable" or in other words, everything looked just fine. I can take her off the antibiotics and just watch for fevers and vomiting. I was SHOCKED to say the least. I am so happy that everything is going to be ok with her.

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1 comments:

Slightly Entertained said...

Sweet Baby! I'm so glad she's okay :)