Zach, in his short 7 months out of my womb, has had 2 or 3 incidents of hematuria- small amounts of blood in his urine. Since the incidents occured at a time when I was not having any sort of nipple issue- so I knew I wasn’t passing blood through his system- we went to the doc. Doc sent us to a urologist.
Urologist had us take a urine sample. They did a dipstick test to check for microscopic blood in his urine.
Apparently the dipstick went well- nothing found aside from what would be expected.
However, because the hematuria has occured on several occasions- sometimes when sick and sometimes when healthy- the urologist wants to be thorough and make certain there isn’t something else to be concerned about.
He will get an ultrasound of his kidneys and a VCUG (voiding cystourethrogram). It is my understanding that they are testing for VU Reflux- urine backing up into the bladder or kidneys.
It could be nothing or it could be something serious. My mind is racing to all the dark corners of serious, of course. I really thought we would do the urine screen and be done with it but apparently not.
Prayers/good thoughts are asked for, appreciated, welcome, etc. Feel free to share your own experiences with this, too.
I am going to pray for you all tonight but I did want to share something with you. When Hayden was 3 months old he ran a fever of 105 degrees which we could not get down for nothing. Off to emergency we went and he was checked in. 3 hours later they determined he had a urinary tract infection. This is VERY unusual for boys to get, so they kept him in to see why this had occurred. Ran the gamut from him not being circumcised and possible infection to the same thing you are now facing (I remember the word because I thought it was originally a hematoma and wondered how his brain figured into all of this before they explained that it wasn't). His condition actually worsened in the hospital and he was connected to all sorts of wires and bags and tubes and drugs and it was all so incredibly scary that I have a hard time thinking about it even today. But after a week there, he was all better and they never even really did figure out why all the things that happened to him happened. Thankfully it never happened again. I just wanted to say to you to try not think of the worst. I know it's hard and it's what we're prone to do when it comes to our children but it's not productive. Be realistic, be prepared but don't let it invade your every waking moment and thought.
I will pray that it is not a serious condition - I won't tell you that chances are it's not because we just never know and we are not doctors. But I have been there and done that and know what you're going through. For whatever that's worth.
Lynn... Thank you so, so much for sharing that with me. It helps to know that others have been in that place where they don't know what is going on, what is wrong. That fear that only a parent can know...