I’m not sure if I mentioned this in any of my prenatal posts. Will has been diagnosed with pyelectasis aka hydronephrosis. His right kidney does not empty completely and this can cause any “left over” urine to stagnate in the kidney leading to urinary tract infection, kidney infections, sepsis and possible renal failure.
We had an ultrasound done yesterday and the renal pelvic dilation has not resolved. He will have a VCUG done on Thursday Nov 9th.
For those of you NOT in the medical field, my baby boy will be strapped to a table, a catheter will be inserted and his bladder will be pumped full of radiographic contrast, X-rays will then be taken to see if there is any of the contrast material refluxing into the ureter and back into his kidney. If there is reflux, a nuclear medicine scan will be ordered or surgery will be required to correct this anomaly. From what the pediatrician, radiologist, and Dr. Google tell me, this condition is not life threatening or even life altering. My only question for the Dr. was, “Is this going to be debilitating in ANY way to him in the future?” Dr’s response was a resounding NO. If we didn’t treat it, sure it would be detrimental to him (see first paragraph, last sentence), but in most cases, there is no invasive action taken; just follow-up scans. Only 25% of these cases require urethral valve replacement surgery.
Needless to say, I was a blubbering mess yesterday afternoon. After we had dinner, I was feeding Will and just stared at him as if I could burn his image into my brain so I’ll never forget the way he looks right now. The perfect curve of his eyebrows. How his eyes are so wonderfully chambray blue. The “butt-chin” dimple that just cries out for kisses. (Did you know that that is genetic?? Everyone in my family has it) which causes him to erupt in infant guffaws.
I would burst into tears at the very thought that there is something wrong with him. Or that he may need the surgery. Or that everything will be fine and I’m just being over dramatic. How could I possibly think the worst case scenario when I’m sure deep down in my heart that he’ll be fine? Even now, I get all teary when I think about it.