Sunday, September 14, 2008

Hospital Visits

I think I've mentioned before that D had/has pretty bad reflux. When we first arrived home, we were talking massive quantities. It was rarely projectile; he would just open his mouth and out would come puddles of formula. The stench and the mess just about drove us crazy. I count my blessings that it didn't seem to cause D any pain; either that, or he was so used to the discomfort that it no longer fazed him. Regardless, I think it would have been a thousand times worse had he cried constantly.

These days, the actual vomiting/spitting up is considerably less, but we can still hear the reflux as it tries to work its way back up his throat. Since D has a few other medical issues going on (which we haven't and probably will never blog about here), it was decided that we should take a closer look at the reflux to make sure there was nothing unusual going on. So off we headed to a nearby children's hospital to have an upper endoscopy, biopsy, and pH probe completed. These aren't overly invasive procedures, but when you're 11 months old, it's still pretty un-fun. The results show that everything looks pretty standard for a kiddo with really bad reflux; nothing overly unusual, although we're still waiting to hear back on the biopsies and pH probe results. Hopefully we'll just have a little guy who falls into the 3% of reflux children who don't grow out of it until 12 months of age.

Here are some pics we grabbed:

Arriving at the hospital

Funny story: There were two pediatric patients with the same last names waiting for the same procedures. I was assured that this wouldn't be a problem; there are lots of safety checks and double-checks before anything is done. Not two seconds later, a doctor walked in, introduced herself, started talking, and then realized that D wasn't her patient. Needless to say, I was not pleased. The tag you see on the back of D's shirt, along with a giant sign posted outside our room, were the results of my insistance that I no longer trusted the hospital's "safety practices."

Things were a little rough after the anesthesia wore off. The tape you see on D's face is holding the pH probe in place. It went through his nose into his throat to measure the acid coming up during moments of reflux. He had to keep it in for 24 hours. No fun. The "casts" on his arm were to keep him from pulling out the probe.

The nurses were very sweet. D's teddy bear, Temesgen (aka Timmy), arrived back in full hospital regalia.

We all kind of felt like this. Oh, and the monitor you see is recording the pH measurements. It was actually pretty cool; we could see the pH drop to 1.5 at the same time that we heard the gurgling in D's throat. At least we know we weren't imagining things!


Heather & Adam said...

D looks so big! Especially in the one with you holding him. How did that happen? I'm so glad that the tests were okay and I hope that everything else is as well.
Lovin that boy!!

Anonymous said...

Totally with Heather on the bigism. Wow.

D, there are times when being in the top 3% are good, while others not so much. Make this your one not so much.

Hugs from out west.

Cindy said...

I hope that you get some answers. We had to do that with Tristan when he was really little. It is terrible. On the plus side my dad had wondered aloud if Tristan had a brain in his head...after the MRI there was no doubt ;)
Don't judge us too harshly. A kid with colic will mess with your head :)
Sending you our very best wishes!!!

Chatter said...

D does look so big! He's such a cutie and such a big boy. Hope everything is okay with the test results.

Thinking of you all!

cathy said...

Thanks for the update. Praying for you. You're all tough and brave and wonderful!

Tiny's Mom said...

Oh poor little man!
He does look quite cute in those hospital jammies!

Deirdre said...

Oh my goodness, the poor little guy! I can't imagine how confusing it all must have been for him, but I'm glad it doesn't seem to be anything more serious than reflux.