First, a word about the tests that were performed. The first test was a kidney ultrasound. It is standard procedure for someone who has problems with UTIs. They were looking for damage to the kidneys caused by the infection. They found grade three (out of 4) hydronephrosis in her right kidney. The left kidney is fine thank goodness.
Second, Ellie had a VCUG test. It is where they insert dye using a catheter into her bladder to see if urine is reluxing in to her kidneys. It showed a grade 4-5 (out of 5) vesicoureteral reflux into her right kidney. They often recommend surgery for children with grades 4 and 5.
We have referrals to see a urologist and a nephrologist to see what they recommend for Ellie. The test was on this past Tuesday and by Friday she had another UTI starting. She will now be on a course of antibiotics to take care of this infection, and then continue with a lower dose to prevent any more infections from occurring while we determine the course of action.
So that is all we know until we see the specialists. It is hard to know if they will recommend surgery on Ellie considering her underlying condition. We are really upset over these recent developments and that our poor baby has to suffer more. Please pray for wisdom for us and the doctors as we pursue treatments.