Out of my three kids it is Aj that is always ending up with some health thing going on. This past week we visited his pediatric urologist as a follow up for a procedure he had done two years ago. Basically his whole life, up until two years ago, he was peeing as if his hole to pee was kinked. His bladder ended up being enlarged and he wasn’t emptying his bladder fully due to this condition. The surgery was put in place to widen the whole tube that allows him to pee. It was a one day surgery and he came out fine.
Part of the recovery process was to retrain the bladder muscles, this is done by avoiding certain drinks that can cause constipation and thus ruin the bladder being able to work properly and by having him pee every two hours for a specific period of time. Two years ago we went through all of this and yet Aj was continuing to still have issues of urgency with pee since the surgery. While he does well and rarely has any accidents, if Aj has to pee he has to pee. There is no wait til I am out of the bathroom or anything, he must go when he feels the urge to go.
I always explained this as if his sensor that tells brain to pee before the bladder is totally full isn’t working right. It’s as if his sensor to brain only triggers when his bladder is so full he has to go immediately or risk peeing his pants. This always sucked and we finally got into the pediatric urologist for a follow up. This appointment left us with other news and more things to do to help Aj move on from this issue.
After explaining the symptoms, having a urine flow test done, a bladder scan and abdominal x-ray to look at his rectum/bowel area it was determined the little dude is constipated. While this seems odd because he poops twice a day at least, it’s soft poop. I didn’t even realize that this could be an issue, apparently your poop is not suppose to be soft all of the time. Basically Aj has a blockage in his rectum area or whatever you call it and is constipated but the soft bowel movements are slipping past the blockage.
Basically, it’s another health concern that hopefully gets cleared up with a bowel cleanse one day then a period of six months is going to be needed to have him retrain his bladder and rectum muscles to work properly. This means pee every two hours and pee a certain way, mainly sitting down when at home. Thankfully the pediatric urologist isn’t pushing him to pee sitting down while in public places if he isn’t comfortable with that, but at home he is expected to pee sitting down.
Sadly Aj’s bladder is still only emptying half of what is held in there and his rectum has been stretched 3cm beyond what it should be. So to put it frankly, the kid has a stretched bladder and rectum to boot with his mood disorder. The only positive that has ever come from any of Aj’s doctors & specialists visits in the past that didn’t result in some diagnosis was his hearing test, he passed his hearing test with flying colors.
Another journey in the world of parenting my son who always seems to have some health condition going on. Hopefully he will grow up to have few health issues as an older child and adult, because once he is old enough to realize all of this I wonder how it will affect his personality, mood and life.