Friday, March 19, 2010

Update on Jonah

Jonah had a doctors appointment this morning. The pediatrician shared the ER urine test results in detail. She said Jonah had a staph infection in his bladder/kidneys which is very rare and likely originated on the skin. Evidentially, staph grows externally, so the likelihood of his infection being a valve issue is lower than if they would have found e coli. This was interesting to us as we have speculated that the infection was linked to a penile abrasion related to a faulty circumcision (a recurrent issue over the past year).

They decided not to catheterize Jonah for this mornings urine test. They used a bag instead. The pediatrician said the cath is quite traumatic and didn't want to subject him to it twice (as it will be necessary for the VCUG). If the urine we collect today is free of infection, a voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) will be ordered.

This test will show whether urine is backing up from Jonah's bladder into his kidneys. During a VCUG, X-rays are taken before a catheter is inserted into the bladder through the urethra. A liquid dye is put into the bladder through the tube, and more X-rays are taken to watch the dye as the bladder fills and the baby urinates. The process takes about 20 minutes.

We are encouraged and hopeful the test will be clear and surgery will not be necessary.We appreciate your prayers!

On a lighter note, Jonah weighed 21.5lbs (50th percentile) and was a tad under 30in tall (between 50th and 75th percentile). We were encouraged by these stats as we attempted to measure him ourselves a couple days ago and determined he was 28in and in the 3rd percentile for height. Glad we were wrong! :)

1 comment:

april said...

Wow...i'll be praying for you all and Jonah as that test does not sound fun. Praying that all will go well too! We get Toby messured Thursday, so i'll let you know how big he is :D