Saturday, June 07, 2008

My Left Ureter

We took the Dude to the ultrasound specialist at the Children's Hospital in Oldenburg. After many pictures and lots of "Hmm's" the doctor turned to use with his verdict. Apparently the Dude's ureter, which connects his kidney to his bladder, is enlarged at the part that attaches to the bladder. This could be nothing, however there is a possibility that reflux is occurring. That is, urine is being pushed back into the kidneys. I did not need the doctor to tell me that that is a bad thing. In fact I get a whole different kind of reflux when I think about it.

In order to determine if reflux is occurring we now must go to the urologist in a few weeks. They will stick a catheter in the Dude's little part and push contrast fluid to check it out. In the mean time we have to give the Dude low dose antibiotics in order to prevent possible infection. If there is no reflux then we can discontinue the antibiotics and continue to monitor the situation with ultrasounds. If there is reflux, then we will continue and antibiotics and monitor the situation with ultrasound. Are you as confused as I am?

As if I have not been on edge enough, my Big Dad did not arrive this morning. In fact, I am not even sure where he is at the moment. He was flying standby and did not get on the plane yesterday afternoon. The last email I received said, "I am scrambling and checking other airlines. I will let you know." I know nothing at this point.

Furthermore, the Church may not let Ch-ard participate in the Christening tomorrow as the Dude's Godfather. Something about missing paperwork. This is a WHOLE other post which I will get into next week.

Gosh, I am so looking forward to the weekend.

10 comments:

The German said...

Me too!

Maria said...

I hope Dude is ok and heals himself. Hugs from the US!

Christina G said...

Poor dude needs to get a catheter. Can't be fun. I hope there's no reflux. My little dude has to go to the urologist soon too (I think he'll kill me at some future date if I blog about it). Best wishes!

Snooker said...

Aww... the whole catheter thing can't be fun. I'm sorry to hear about it. BUT, think about what a wonderful world we live in. The doctors not only can FIND these kinds of problems, but they usually have it within their power to FIX these things.

Take a Deep Breath next time you get your reflux and be happy you're not living in 1908.

christina said...

Oh, his poor little part! Do they make catheters that small? I'm so glad you got him checked out and that they seem to know what the problem is. I've been pretty happy with my kids' health care here so and the docs seem to know what they're doing.

Hope your dad finally arrived. Keep us posted!

Liz said...

The poor little guy! I can't imagine the stress you must be under but just know that there is a whole bunch of us out there sending nothing but good thoughts to the Little Dude!

And I'm guessing your Dad just wanted to take the scenic route, yes?

:-)

annonamoose said...

sorry for your stress! here's hoping it all gets sorted out.

ann

Diane Mandy said...

Sounds like a rough patch for you are your family. Hope it all gets better soon!

hexe said...

Sorry - this sounds like a stressful week!

Carrie said...

My cousin Jesse had the same issue when he was a baby. It worked out although his parents wanted to climb the walls while they waited. The good news is, he's too little to remember someone poking something in his pee pee, but keep an eye on the hubby b/c he's sure to have sympathy pains.