Today (9/16/2009) we took Kyleigh to the hospital for her VCUG and ultra sound. She recognized the hospital and immediately said she wanted to go home.
We did the ultra sound first. It shouldn't hurt at all and the technician even used warm gel instead of cold gel on her belly. But Kyleigh was too nervous and couldn't stop screaming. It took longer than expected but the technician eventually got all the photos they needed. Kyleigh got 5 stickers and a pair of green plastic sunglasses, but they didn't cheer her up.
We were really worried that she wouldn't cooperate during the VCUG and we would have to reschedule the appointment and sedate her. But surprisingly, she was doing much better. She still cried but she held still and the procedure was done smoothly. She got 3 more stickers and a new pony book that she picked out herself, and she was quite happy. Daddy said to her, "Say 'Thank you,' Kyleigh!" And she said, "Thank you, Kyleigh!" The hospital staff and we all laughed.
We do have bad news. Kyleigh has a second grade kidney reflux (out of 5 grades, 5 being the worst). So she will need to be on low dose antibiotics everyday for a full year. And then the hospital will perform the same tests a year later to evaluate whether she naturally out-grows this condition. And then we will figure out what to do, if anything.
So, unfortunately she will have to keep taking the medicines. I feel sorry for her and I wish this would have never happened to her. But on the other hand, I am glad it wasn't any worse. I just hope I don't make any more mistakes, although I am sure I will (not intentional, of course!). Sometimes I feel like the worst mother in the world because I couldn't protect her well enough.
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