Monday Miles will be getting the test done on his bladder called VCUG. You know, the Voiding Cystourethrogram. This test will tell us how enlarged Miles’ bladder is, if it’s agitated and how he pees. This test should give us some answers to why he only pees every 12 hours (or in worse cases, not at all.) Here’s a medical explanation of the test:
Voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG)—In a VCUG, a catheter inserted in the urethra is used to fill the bladder with the contrast medium. The x-ray machine then captures a video of the contrast medium during urination. This procedure allows the doctor to see things such as whether urine is backing up into the ureters when it should be traveling the other way, down through the urethra, or whether urine outflow through the urethra is blocked. VCUG is often used with children who have recurrent infections to determine whether a defect in the urinary tract is causing the infections.
VCUG is most often used to evaluate urinary problems in children. The doctor or nurse cleans the area around the urethra, inserts the tip of the catheter, and gently slides it up into the bladder. The child’s bladder is first emptied. Contrast medium is slowly dripped into the bladder, by means of gravity, until the bladder is full. X-ray films are then made as the child urinates.
The test is scheduled for the morning. Hopefully by Monday evening we’ll have some answers, plans and an idea of when we get to go home. Today makes for a week we’ve been here. I did get out for a couple of hours with Randy and it felt so good. I’m feeling more human. I’m choosing not to be fearful about that test even though I’ve been told some of the things that this test could mean. I’m not there yet so I’m choosing to have a positive attitude and take one day at a time like usual.
Thank you everyone that’s been praying, providing meals, checking up on us and helping us with our kids! You make us feel so loved. We know we’re not alone in all this.