Sunday, June 13, 2010

The problems begin

In February 2010, he started having diarrhea, 8-12 diapers a day. He went a couple of days with blood in his diapers so Dr. Young did stool cultures to check for blood, parasites, bacteria and viruses. All came back negitive except blood. He also put us on soy milk and bile salts, both did nothing and by now Zach was starting to have some stomach pains.
At his 12 month checkup, his weight hadn't changed since his 9 month appt which was surprising. So he was sent to a Ped GI docter here in Greensboro. Our first visit was not helpful nor did I like the doctor. He put Zach on an anti protazol medicine for 3 days. The next day Zach spiked a fever of 103 which went to 105 the next day and he became dehydarated so he was admitted to the hospital for fluids. He spent 4 days in the hospital. We went to see the GI doctor one more time and he wanted to just repeat stool cultures and call it a day. That was our last visit to him.
By now we are to the end of March and still having 8-12 dirty diapers a day. He was referred to Duke Childrens hospital GI doctors. Our first visit, April 2nd was very nice. The PA who we saw was very nice and ordered bloodwork, stool cultures and gave us some ideas.
A week later, bloodwork came back, he was anemic, had high sed rate, neg for celiac. She thought he was having IBD symptoms so she ordered an upper and lower endoscopy and barium xrays. The barium xrays were all normal and he did very well. He drank the barium from his bottle and slept through most of the test. For his upper and lower endoscopies he had to go under anesethia so no food for 24 hours. That was really hard on him seeing how the prep day was his brother's 3rd birthday party. He was very cranky the morning of the surgery but did pretty good. He was put in his hospital gown and was allowed to take him to the OR and then I began to cry so I left. The procedure took about an hour and he woke up screaming. He did really good though.
When the biopsies came back, she diagnosed him with Eosiniphillic Esophagitis, EE for short.

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