Miss Eliz Claire will be undergoing her VCUG today to test for Vesicoureteral Reflux, (aka Kidney Reflux). She'll have to have a catheter placed into her bladder and we'll watch it on an x-ray to see if it goes into the kidneys or out like its supposed to.
I don't think she's going to like it.
This is really all O's fault. Okay, not really. Its likely my fault for passing on lousy genetics. But, since O had such a severe grade of reflux, all of the kids have to get tested. The boys were lucky, and got to start with just a simple renal u/s to check for kidney damage. (A did have to have the VCUG done since one of his kidneys was larger than the other. That's a common thing in a lot of people, but also a symptom in kidney reflux kids.) With boys, it often isn't as much of a serious problem as it is for little girls. Even if a boy has grade II reflux, he may never have an actual infection. Its anatomy (again, a win for the girls, right?!?)
The odds of Eliza having it are 1 in 3. I know statistics don't work this way, but I feel like she's screwed since her brothers don't have it (they'd be the 2 in 3) and that leaves the remaining 1 in 3 to her to make up. I keep trying to tell myself that she's got a 66% chance that she DOESN'T have it. That's pretty good odds. :)
I don't know why I get so worked up over this testing. Not that any one wants their baby to have a birth defect, but if you had to have one, this would be the one to have. (Mild reflux is easily treatable and most kids out grow it. ) But, I'm still praying complete health over my sweet baby.
I'll let you all know what they say today. Our appointment is at 12 cst, then her actual vcug is at 12:30, with an appointment with the urologist at 2 p.m. (Thank goodness E could come stay home with Isaac, the I-am-two-hear-me-roar boy.) We will have immediate results from her testing today.