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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Urology and other stuff

Tuesday we made the trip to Children's for the most dreaded tests Gage has to deal with- the urology workup. Basically we have 3 things to do- VCUG, urodynamics, and a kidney ultrasound. This is all to check on how Gage's urinary system is working- the pressures in his bladder, the volume it will hold, and most importantly, how it all is affecting his kidneys. These tests usually involve lots of screaming on Gage's part, and lots of shushing and attempts at soothing for me and Tony. We start out in urodynamics where he has to lay on a table and have liquid pumped into his bladder until it starts leaking out. They measure the pressure and volume. It probably takes 15 minutes start to finish. The ladies that work the urodynamics clinic are amazing, but it's still usually quite a chore to keep Gage calm for the test. He fussed a little, but we were surprised at how he played and talked for the whole test! Ok, so that was a fluke, right? The VCUG is the really bad one. So we head to radiology. They do the kidney ultrasound first, which we do more often than the others. It's quick and easy. Then the VCUG. I wasn't allowed in for the actual test due to Miss Evie, but got to stay in with him until they started the test. He has to lay on a table and they pump a contrast dye into his bladder. They x-ray intermittently to see how full it is and what it's doing, and check to see if any of the dye is going the wrong way up into his kidneys. Every other time they've done this test, they've strapped him to the table, which was absolutely awful. This time, they didn't! He played and talked to his Daddy for the whole test. At the end of the test, they want him to pee the stuff out and see if he empties his bladder. For some reason THIS is when he decided to cry! He never will go while laying down, but ends up going everywhere when they remove the catheter and let him sit up. They tried and tried to get him to go. They finally listened to Tony and let him sit up, and sit on the potty that was about 6 feet away. He went EVERYWHERE. I'm sure they had to scrub the whole room down after we left.

So the good news is that there was NO reflux into Gage's kidneys. That's all we know right now. He's scheduled to see the urologist Jan 8 (the day after my due date!!) so we'll know more then. The kidney thing is the biggest deal, though, so we were very happy to hear that part.

Nothing really happening on the pregnancy front. I'm going to my doc weekly and there's no progress yet, although she is head down. Today I am officially more pregnant than I ever have been before- 38 weeks. I was induced with Gage at 37 weeks 6 days and he got here at 11:22pm. I'm feeling okay- reflux is about to kill me, but otherwise I feel good.

We had Christmas with the Finchers last Friday. I will have to post pics later. Gage and his cousin Silas had a blast together! My mom and John are coming tomorrow, and Dad and Alice will be here for New Years Day if Evie doesn't mess up their plans.


Emmilu said...

Always glad to hear good newsw about Gage!

Gail Bowles Pulaski, TN said...

Hey This is Gail from Pulaski, TN @ West Madison Church! We were curious as to how you were doing with your pregnancy and how Gage was doing so I visited your blog tonight. We were glad to read how well Gage's report came out. And am looking forward to hearing about the baby Evie's Arrival. Love Gail