Sadler’s tongue, spine, and kidney

Friday, July 22, 2011

At Sadler’s 2 month well check up his pediatrician confirmed my suspicions that he was tongue tied. It never affected his feedings but he definitely is tongue tied which could later interfere with speech or eating as he gets older. We decided to take him to an ENT to get it clipped. We also had concern over a patch of hair on his bottom that can be a sign of spina bifida. Our pedi suggested we take him to get an ultrasound to ease our minds about it.

Later that week he had his appointment with the ENT, I hated to think about him having his tongue clipped but I geared myself up and was ready to get it over with. Turns out Sadler was too strong and had too much head control for the doctor to feel comfortable clipping it in the office without anesthesia. We decided to wait and do the procedure under anesthesia when he is older.

A few days later I took Sadler to the hospital for his spinal ultrasound. After checking in and taking a seat in the waiting room a lady came to tell me they don’t do that type of ultrasound there! Ugh; back home we went disappointed!

The u/s was rescheduled at the children’s hospital the following week.


We got there and checked in, got seated in the waiting room and waited an hour and a half until we finally got called back, I guess there was some sort of mix-up with the lady to checked us in. At that point Sadler was beyond tired and needed his crib. He was mad! Which didn’t mix well when the tech needed him to sit very still so she could count vertebrae. I finally got him to fall asleep on me and she did the u/s while I was holding him. It was quite the ordeal. Before we left she told me she thought his spine looked normal but she thought she saw some fluid on one of his kidneys that might require a follow up.

A couple days later I got a call from the pediatrician that his spine was fine! Praise God, but he does have Hydronephrosis, fluid on the kidney. She scheduled a vcug procedure for the following week at the children’s hospital that would tell us if his bladder is refluxing his urine back into the kidney.

This time I took Robb with me, friends of ours had to bring their daughter to the same procedure when she was just a couple weeks old and we heard it was pretty awful. Of course all went smooth as butter this time, we had no wait and Sadler did AWESOME during the yucky procedure! What an answer to prayer!


  The tech told us right away that she didn’t see any reflux and our pedi confirmed that a couple days ago.



Now we will take him to a urologist in late August for further testing to see if they can determine the cause of his hydronephrosis.

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19 Responses to “ Sadler’s tongue, spine, and kidney ”

Joyful Momma said...

Praying for sweet Sadler and you guys! Blessings

Lisa said...

so glad that Sadler had good follow up appt's. My son has hydronephrosis, and was refluxing at a grade 4 out of 5 in his ONLY kidney. (he was born with one)
The VCUG test is no fun as well as the other tests they have to do regularly. I pray that sweet Sadler does not have to have any more of those. Hudson's story is on my blog

Tena said...

Aw, glad everything is so far okay, I hope his kidney issue isn't too bad!

Tena said...

I forgot to mention that sister-in-law in tongue tied. She's in her 30s and hasn't had problems, you may want to wait and see if he has any issues with it before snipping. My nephew was also tongue-tied as a baby (or seemed to be, anyway) but now he's 2 and there's no evidence of a short frenulum anymore.

Anonymous said...

My daughter has hydronephrosis and it is caused by a kink in her ureter(sp?). It causes her kidney to drain slower. They did another another test after the VCUG )that I can not remember the name of) to see how well the kidney is functioning/takes to drain. Her "bad kidney" is functioning at 53% so we will watch to see if it clears up as she grows. She is now 3 and has never had any trouble whatsoever! Not even 1 infection:) Praise the Lord!! They told us no pyleoplecty to fix it unless it functions below 35%. Praying that you find out what is causing the hydronephrosis for Sadler !

Jackie said...

My youngest was tongue tied. We did the Anesth. in the hospital.. I was a mess but he was fine and was acting normal by that evening. That was at 3 1/2 mos. Hang in there it is way worse for the mommy! LOL! Glad he doing so great!

Jaclyn said...

Oh my goodness! Poor little guy! Glad everything sounds like it's ok though! Will be praying for him and you!

Immortal Beloved said...

Be strong! He will do just fine. As far as the tongue clipping, it is a VERY simple process and heals within a day. Gregory had his clipped at 6 months (along with having ear tubes put in). B/C ENT was overly-cautious bc of Gregory's low blood platelets the first cut, we are doing another one August 10th when putting in his second set of ear tubes. Keep us updated.

~Amy Thomson~ said...

Glad Sadler's ok! He's the cutest little thing!!

Sorry for only commenting on your blog now! I love reading your posts, and looking at the photos of your gorgeous boys! They're so precious!

I was just wondering if you knew what happend to Lynsdie at 'A Love Worth Waiting For'? She hasn't posted fro AGES, and when I try to go into her blog, it says it's private, etc etc. I'm just wondering if you knew anything more? Kinda worried 'bout her!

Thanks :)
Blessings! Keeping Sadler in prayer, and hope everything goes well!

Anonymous said...

I am a 22 year old student and am tongue tied. My mom says that I "ripped/loosened" it a bit when I was a baby, but still am considered to be tongue tied. It doesn't affect me at all, other than I can't roll my Rs (necessary for speaking spanish).

Ashton and John's mom said...

I just have to say that every time I visit your blog, I think that sadler is just the cutest little bug. I have 5 nieces and nephews that are all adopted and are biracial, hispanic and african-american. to me they are just my awesome niece and nephews-they always have been. it doesn't matter to me what color their skin is, I love them just the same, just the same as it is with sadler, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

So glad things are looking okay! What a handsome little boy.

Broshious Family said...

Both my sons have had hydronephros. My first son had it but it went away when he was born. My second son who is 9 weeks still has it and the doctors are keeping an eye on him and will have more tests done in October.

Theisen Trio said...

Doesn't that just figure that when you bring back up everything goes smoothly!? So thankful for positive results! Have a great week!

Andrea said...

Praise GOD that all is well!

My nephews were both born tongue tied and thus my Brother and SIL will also be enduring the procedure to have them clipped...and yes, it does affect their speech, as I have seen with my nephew. BUT, it can be fixed and that is a blessing.

Best to you with regard to his kidneys. We will be praying things resolve and no further treatment be needed. Lots of prayers coming your way!

BIG HUGS...he's beautiful!

Allie said...

Wow, lots of appointments for that sweet little boy! Glad things are checking out ok...aside from seeing the urologist.

PhinneyGirl said...

He is such a cutie! Glad to hear his spine was OK. My son had to do the same thing (an ultrasound) to rule out spina bifida, so I know how scary it was to wait to find out.

Rachel said...

We just took our son (two months old) up to Boston Children's Hospital for an ultrasound and VCUG test and he has kidney reflux. He handled all the tests like a champ!
I'm so thankful for modern medicine!!!

Aja said...

My son (now 14 months) had a VCUG following what was believed to be a UTI when he was 3 months. Totally grew out of hydro by 12 months. It can be no big deal in a lot of cases. I recommend seeing the best pediatric urologist in your area so you can be sure you're getting a good diagnosis! Good luck!