Sunday, November 8, 2009


Hi, Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. We went to the doctor for another ultrasound check on Baker. At our 19 weeks ultrasound we didn't see his bladder empty or fill during our 1.5 hr ultrasound. So they had us return 10 weeks later to recheck his bladder function. Well, not good at this moment. He was diagnosed with Hydronephrosis. (Fetal hydronephrosis is the swelling of the kidney when too much urine collects in the pelvis (or basin) of the kidney. This occurs because there is a blockage of the normally free flow of urine, most commonly in the ureter (the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder), and the urine is not allowed to drain into the bladder. This blockage causes a pressure buildup which causes the kidney to enlarge. The severity of fetal hydronephrosis depends on how large the kidney has ballooned and the extent of the blockage.)
I also have this condition. I was diagnosed at 21 when I encountered the most excruciating pain in my life. After a few surgeries and stints in my kidney, I am doing 100% great. I am hoping that this condition goes away for Baker before delivery (there is a 20% to 35% chance it could). We go back in about 3 1/2 weeks to rescan him and see what the blockage consists of then. IF it is still blocked we will be referred to a high risk doctor and a pediatric urologist. Please keep Baker in your prayers and ask for healing. I know God is already taking good care of him. He already weighs 3 pounds. I will keep everyone posted.


Laura (Amonett) Hargrave said...

Hi Jessica! You may not remember me, I was in Singers with your sister Amy. My sister, Kristin, sent me the link to this blog because my oldest son has TONS of bladder and renal issues. We discovered in my 20 week ultrasound that his kidneys were enlarged and I was sent to a high risk OB as well and chose a pediatric urologist before he was born as well. I won't bore you with all the details at this point, but if you'd like to talk or want any info from our experience I would love to be able to help. Feel free to contact me via e-mail @

Nickie Eisele said...

I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there. Keep positive thoughts... Baker is such a blessing!

Love ya! Nickie

Stacey B. said...

We are thinking and praying for you all here in Lexington.

The Bixler Family said...


You and your family have been on my mind the past few days. I am wishing you lots of good thoughts!


mamaw said...

I will keep Baker and all of you in my prayers. Keep postive thoughts.

Kylie said...

Hi Jessica...Your baby boy is in our prayers for glad I read your blog and can add you to my prayer list!

Kylie Galbraith Ruhl