Today was Kaitlyn's appointment for her renal (kidney) ultrasound and VCUG. She did really well. They wanted to do a little sedation, so she couldn't eat or drink for about 4 hours prior to the procedure. She did great with her ultrasound, and as far as the tech could tell, there were no major anatomical defects, and the vasculature looks good.
She then went for the VCUG. In this procedure, a catheter is inserted into her bladder, contrast is flushed through the catheter to fill the bladder, then multiple x-rays are taken while she voids, to see if the fluid refluxes back up to her kidneys or is eliminated properly.
She was such a trooper. The whole catheter placement and procedure was very unpleasant, but she did great! Unfortunately, the test showed that she does have reflux.
Vesicoureteral Reflux is graded from 1-5. 1 being very minimal, and 5 being very severe. Her reflux is somewhere between 3-4 on the left side.
She goes to see the pediatric urologist next Monday to find out what the next step is. I'm hoping and praying that it can be managed with constant prophylactic antibiotics, but we will see. At the very minimum, she will probably have to have yearly VCUGs to check the status of her reflux. The most important thing is to not have kidney damage from it. I thank God that she hasn't had more bouts of pyelonephritis with her reflux being so severe.
I called Anthony when we were on our way home. I was a little upset over the fact that we are moving soon, and all of this is coming up. He reminded me that this didn't come as a surprise to God, and he is going to work everything out. He always does!
As much as I love Kaitlyn, I'm so thankful to serve a God that cares more about my little girl than I ever could. She's in good hands. This I have confidence in and peace about!