Sunday, December 19, 2010

Vesicoureteral Reflux and other holiday fun

picture via I Heart Guts
Becca had surgery on Friday to correct reflux in her ureters.  The reflux had been responsible for multiple UTIs and kidney damage (she's down to 25% function in one kidney). We've known about the problem since late in the summer, and we knew the surgery was coming up, so it wasn't an emergency or anything. The surgery involved cutting through her bladder, detaching her ureters and reattaching them at a better angle. Oy.

Anyway, the kid is doing better now.  We were able to come home Saturday afternoon, and the wound dressing came off today.  She's hurting a little, but she'll be okay.

My mom took this picture right after we were put in a room on Friday following surgery.  Becca is holding on to the remote so no one can change the channel while she naps.  About two minutes after the photo was taken, she woke up and said, "I want to change into a cuter nightgown."  She has been absolutely showered with "get-well" presents.  Twice she has asked, "Why are you being so nice to me?"  Don't get used to it, kid.

My friends are taking care of us, too.  They're bringing dinner over, and some of them got together to make a get-well Advent calendar, with a different activity to open and play with everyday.  How awesome is that?  I mean, words really fail me.


  1. I bet you're both glad this part's over. Get well soon!

  2. Aw, she looks so angelic! I am thinking of you guys! Tell Becca there's never not a good time for a wardrobe change...

  3. My grandmother always loved -loved!- being in the hospital. All my best wishes for Becca's speedy recovery and plenty of attention :)