Today I headed to the city with Bria. She had 2 appointments today. First an ultrasound on her kidneys, and then we met with her kidney specialist. My mom came along to help me out a bit. Thank goodness she did, because Bria had a rough day! I think she's finally figured out how to throw an all out tantrum. More on that later. For now, let's talk about her kidneys :)
For those who don't know, Bria was born with kidneys that do not function totally normally. The top portion of her left kidney is very swollen, and drains much too slow. It has it's own separate ureter (tube draining the kidney) that is majorly swollen.
At first, the Doctor just wanted to kind of monitor the situation, and hope for the best. Bria didn't have any infections til a couple months ago. So, only one infection in her year of life :) I figured that was pretty good, but today the Doctor said that even one infection is not a good thing. It can lead to more and more infections, and damage the functioning part of her kidney.
So, she recommended surgery. I have such mixed emotions about this. On one hand, I realize that this is probably the best option for my little girl. It would allow her kidney to drain properly, and greatly reduce the risk of infection. On the other hand, surgery scares me. I don't want anyone cutting my baby open. I don't want her to have to be in pain. That is just the mother in me :)
So, we will be scheduling surgery for October I think. Scary.
Now for the tantrums... Bria sure showed her strong will today. She had a huge screaming fit in the health food store. She was tired and hungry, but this went far beyond a little whining. It was so embarrassing. She did the same thing this evening when I wanted to change her diaper. She wanted to eat popcorn with Daddy and Rowan. She probably screamed for like 10 minutes! Yikes. I put her in her crib and told her I wouldn't get her out until she stopped screaming. I don' t know how much she understands, but she did eventually calm down a bit. Any advice on how to deal with toddler tantrums? It would be much appreciated :)
So, no pictures for today, but stay tuned for some pictures from our weekend. We had a great time at our local festival.