Today is the day that Baby C did the IVP and MCUG procedures at the hospital. We spent almost the whole day at the hospital and it was a day of non-stop yelling, wailing and bawling for poor baby. After feeding her the sedation meds the moment we reached the hospital, I nursed her and spent almost 30 minutes to put her to sleep. I just had a nagging feeling that she would be wide awake throughout all the procedures and true enough, the moment she was placed on the hospital bed, my baby who has developed a phobia of hospital beds woke up! Before anything was done to her, she was already yelling her heart out. Can you imagine the hours that passed from 10am – 3pm? It was a nightmare for both baby and me…. and truly torturous for baby.
As I had expected, our doctor had a difficult time finding a vein to insert the IV line. Poor baby was poked a total of 3 times. After all the crying, baby dozed off in my arms and I brought her down to the Imaging Department for the big thing. I was ordered out of the Imaging Room. The doctor first inserted the catheter into her urethra. The MCUG procedure followed. Poor baby’s screams and cries really crushed my heart to pieces. I wanted to cry out loud but tried hard not to…. there was a HUGE lump in my throat throughout my time at the hospital today. After half an hour which seemed like forever, the door of the Imaging Room opened and I saw one of the nurses cradling her. Poor baby’s eyes were swollen from all the crying.
After the MCUG, I had to make baby wee wee to empty her bladder before the last picture is taken on her empty bladder.
Waiting for baby to pee was the hardest and took up a lot of time. We had to make her pee several times until the bladder was empty before a picture could be taken.
In this pic, I was waiting for baby to pee. She wasn’t wearing any diaper and there was a waterproof paper beneath her bum.
The IVP procedure was less traumatic for baby as I could carry her when the dye (iodin) was injected through the IV line. What traumatized her (though not painful) was placing her on the metal bed with a huge X-ray equipment above her. Baby had to be placed on the bed several times, in different positions for pictures to be taken. Each time she was placed on the bed, she bawled and struggled. Though she was darn tired, sleepy and groggy, she was still crying big time the moment she was placed on the bed.
Long story cut short, we did not manage to see our pediatric nephrologist today as it was already 3ish pm by the time the 2 reports for the IVP and MCUG were ready. I only ate my lunch at 3pm outside the Imaging Room… which hubby packed for me from a nearby Japanese restaurant….and poor baby had to starve and only ate her lunch (porridge) at 5pm. I was merely swallowing down my grilled Mackeral fish and didn’t have any appetite. I was suffering from a tummy ache, resulting from STRESS!
We will be going to the hospital again tomorrow to meet our doctor for her to interpret the report to us. But one thing is confirmed. Both of baby’s right ureters (she has a Duplex or Duplicated collecting system, which means double ureters), are blocked…. thus, she will most likely need a surgery to fix the problem.
Everything seemed to go wrong today…
1) baby woke up unusually early today at 6:30am (her normal wake up time is 8:30am) and I couldn’t do much work in the morning but nurse her and entertain her. Consequently, we arrived slightly late at the hospital,
2) baby had to be poked thrice for the IV line (brandula) to be inserted as the doctor could not locate a vein,
3) the sedation meds didn’t work – though she had taken sedation meds and she was sleepy, her mind was wide awake and she cried and screamed the whole day,
4) blood was oozing out from the IV line on her foot and the line had to be taken out prematurely. Consequently, the antibiotics jab (to prevent infection resulting from the procedures) couldn’t be given through the IV line and had to be given via intra-muscular on her bum and caused baby more pain and trauma.
Damn the Murphy’s Law!
The damage to the hubs’ pocket today is over RM1k and all medical expenses related to baby’s kidney reflux will not be covered by her insurance.
….. to be continued.