She's gone through the typical series of tests, from a pelvic ultrasound to a voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG), and we've been relieved to find out that her plumbing is normal. I've been pleased with our pediatrician, who's not an alarmist and doesn't hurry to do invasive testing. But she also tells me when we reach the point that she would do the test(s) on one of her four kids, and that's the guidance we've been following.
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Meanwhile, she is taking a daily prophylactic dose of antibiotics in the hopes that it will help get rid of any lingering bacteria that wasn't wiped out on the latest round of antibiotics.
You may remember that I was diagnosed with a tethered spinal cord a few years ago when I had an MRI hoping for clues why my back wasn't improving after a car accident left me with severe pain. Tethered cords can be hereditary and are considered a mild form of spina bifida. Interestingly, after I was diagnosed with a tethered cord and notifying family members, I learned that my mom was diagnosed as an adult with a mild case spina bifida when she had an MRI looking for a cause for her back/neck pain.
So I'm a little torn between hoping Ellie has a tethered cord, which can be fixed surgically and could explain her recurrent UTIs as well as other bladder and bowel issues, and hoping she doesn't have one, because the thought of my baby needing surgery is scary and I'd hate to put her through the pain and trauma of surgery.
What's a mommy to do besides worry? I hope you'll join me in thinking positive and hoping for the best possible outcome, whatever that may turn out to be.