She had an IV placed in her arm and she was cathed for her VCUG and Renogram. Here Svea is coughing in that way that babies do to be sure we are aware of their plea. Oh, Little Svea, I know!
Svea has bilateral grade 4 vesicoureteral reflux which means her urine travels backwards, back up into the ureters and kidneys placing her at high risk for kidney infections. Basically, the valves that allow urine to flow one-way (down into her bladder) did not develop and are not functioning as they should. The level of severity is graded on a scale of 1-5 and Svea's is severe being a 4 on both sides. She will be on antibiotics for this first year and then we will return to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis to determine when she will have surgery to correct this problem. (There is a 4.5% chance she will outgrow it.) If she gets a fever we have to go to the ER and have her cathed to determine whether or not she has a kidney infection. So we are praying for good health for this baby and her sisters who have a hard time keeping their fingers out of her mouth, nose, eyes, etc! Svea is a charger, as my friend Renny says. And we are thankful to know what is wrong and what to do about it.