Destry’s story, as told by her mom, Desiree
Destry had just turned seven when she started having reoccurring urinary tract infections. I took her to see urologist Dr. Andrew Maes. After an ultrasound and X-rays of her bladder, the tests showed Destry had a calcification in her kidneys, which means her body wasn’t breaking down the calcium or removing it from her kidneys.
Dr. Maes was very caring and concerned and referred Destry to a pediatric nephrologist where she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. It is gut-wrenching to see her have blood draws and take medications all the time. It breaks my heart to hear her say, “Mommy, I wish this didn’t happen to me.”
Even though Destry’s care is overseen by specialists, Dr. Maes was instrumental in ordering the necessary tests to help in the diagnosis. He continues a close relationship with her and our family, as well as connecting with her primary care provider and reviewing her medical records.