Thursday, April 29, 2010

Baby Tres...

In January James and I found out that I am pregnant with the one we lovingly call "Baby Tres" being as he is our third child. We planned on him/her having that name until birth since we were not going to find out sex. However at my 19 week anatomy scan my OB found a problem. She said the babies bladder is very distended (large) and honestly she doesn't know what that means. So we were sent to Indianapolis St.Vincent hospital that very same day for another ultrasound. (Mind you everyone who read my last mother died on Tuesday April 20, the ultrasound day is Thursday April 22.)

In Indy they agree that the bladder is very large, about the size of Baby Tres' head. They tell me at that point that he is a he because the problem he has only happens to boys. It is called Posterior Urethral Valve (PUV) Syndrome. A valve that would allow a normal bladder to drain is backwards so all of his urine is backing up to his bladder and kidneys. If it is not stopped his kidneys will burn out and he will need dialysis and eventually a kidney transplant. On top of that after a certain point in pregnancy the amniotic fluid is made up entirely of urine. If the urine is not getting out then there is no amniotic fluid. A baby needs this fluid especially between 20-24weeks to ensure their lungs develop properly.

The Dr wanted to do an amniocentesis that day to check for chromosome abnormalities (that is present in 10% of PUV cases) and also to see what his kidney functions were like. Unfortunately we could not do it that same day because I am on Lovenox (blood thinners) and it would cause a bleeding risk. So we schedule it for the next day. (Insert here a story about Dillion that happens Thursday night...I will get to that in another post.)

Friday we go for the amnio which is actually meant to drain of the babies bladder rather than just a sample of amniotic fluid. It was very painful, much more than the amnio I had with Dillion since they had to hit a specific point on the baby. The Dr did not think she got into the bladder like they were hoping and when the results came back sure enough she was right. They only got amniotic fluid. We were able to test for chromosomes that all came back fine, but could not find out how his kidney's are doing.

The reason for the kidney functions are that there is a fetal surgery that can be done where they put shunts in Baby Tres' bladder to let it drain until birth. This will hopefully save the kidney's and allow enough amniotic fluid for the lungs to properly develop. If the kidney functions are to low then they will not continue to make urine and the shunts are pointless.

Yesterday, Wed April 28th, I went back for a fluid check and another bladder tap. My fluid was lower than last week, but I still have some (20weeks.) Also the procedure was successful, the Dr was able to see Baby Tres' bladder get smaller and knew he had drained it properly. Now we are waiting on the kidney function test. Next Wed I go back for another fluid check. The hope is that the bladder will be full again, meaning that the kidney's are still making urine.

So to recap IF the kidney test comes back with good functions then we will travel to Ohio and have shunts put in Baby Tres' bladder. If they don't then we will not be candidates for the shunts. At that point there may be the option to do weekly amnio infusions, where fake amniotic fluid is put in to help the babies lungs continue to develop. The Dr told me if nothing is done his kidney's WILL fail and I WILL run out of fluid before 24 weeks and his lungs won't develop. With the drastic fluid change in last week and this week I will most likely be out by the next check.

No matter what happens Baby Tres will never be completely healthy. At this point his bladder and ureters have been stretched so much for so long that he will have lifelong issues. But we are trying to limit those issues as much as possible. Please keep us in your thoughts.


  1. I'm really sorry. my heart breaks for you and your family

  2. We will be ok. Trying times build character, and boy do I have lots of that!

    Hope you and Baby G are well :)