Friday, November 13, 2015

Jocelyn's Reflux Issues

UPDATE: Results from her endoscope came in. She refluxed for 43-60 minutes each night despite not eating 2-3 hrs before bedtime. Dr said she was born this way and now being 6 will not grow out of it. He said this should have stopped at 3. He said her reflux is "severe" and over time will damage her throat/stomach if we don't do something now. We've changed her meds and put her on a medicine to help her stomach learn to digest the food faster. We will monitor that for 6-9 months. Then take her off all meds again and re-asses her. Then in one year will talk about surgery again.

After Jocelyn's surgery in July to get her tonsils out, she started having a lot more reflux issues! She was throwing up every day there for awhile after she had started school. Our ENT had us go back to her GI dr. She had not seen him since she was 3. So he immediately ordered 2 test. One being the stomach emptying test (above) and then the 2nd was an endoscope. The 1st test was torture trying to get her to eat but she finished the test! It shows her stomach has severe digestive delay. It took over 200 minutes to finish those eggs and toast. Which the dr said it 3 times longer than a normal stomach. So the stomach continues to produce acid over and over. She had scar tissue from the acid in her throat already.
 They had to put her to sleep for the endoscope of course! It turned out to be much easier than her tonsil surgery tough! She woke up happy and in no pain! We get those results next week!

 So during the endoscope they put a chip in her stomach and it read her reflux for 2 days. She had to wear a pack and push 1 of 3 buttons if she had a stomach ache, threw up or had heart burn. She had to drink 6oz of apple juice before every meal to "trigger" the chip.
 She really didn't want to wear it to school but did great! Then she REALLY didn't want to wear it to dance so we ended up not going. Just too overwhelming.
 When she turned the device in she got to keep the fanny pack!! Cool!

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