My husband and I could not do this journey alone. It truly does take a village. In the case of our sweet Skeeter, we receive some additional help to manage her vesicouretal reflux – in laymen’s terms, bladder reflux. Each year the little lady heads back to our local Children’s Hospital for a renal ultrasound to keep track of her kidney growth and to get a check up from our nurse practitioner at the urology clinic.
Since the Child Life Specialist made such an amazing difference last year, I did not hesitate to request that we have someone with us for the ultrasound. Unfortunately the specialist wasn’t able to be there yesterday. We had an amazing Ultrasound tech who was an angel. Skeeter answered all her questions, and she asked questions of her own. The tech explained how ultrasound creates the images which fascinated Skeeter. The whole exam took ten minutes. Skeeter and I headed back through the complex to the Urology clinic with time for me to stop and get a much-needed boost of caffeine.
Skeeter was in her element once we met our nurse practitioner. She had to show all the cool things that she can do now that she is a big girl. Skeeter told her all about school. Based on her progress, we got the fantastic news that Skeeter does not need to be seen again for a check up for two years! I am so relieved, and you can tell by the photo above that my sweet girl is also delighted with the news. I know that these check ups are important to track the growth of her kidneys and continue to monitor her bladder reflux to ensure that she is not struggling with bladder infections. To read more about Skeeter’s journey, please see the following posts: https://tranquilamama.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/dare-to-care-skeeters-story/, http://hardtomommy.blogspot.com/2012/02/guest-post-when-kids-are-sick.html, and https://tranquilamama.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/skeeters-tough-day/.