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Monday, September 24, 2007

Finally! A diagnosis, meds & feeling better

After an emergency room visit, numerous calls to the doctor’s office and a visit, my daughter finally got a diagnosis. She has the H. pylori bacteria, which causes peptic ulcers. After doing a little research, I found out – much to my surprise – that these ulcers are not as a result of stress. In fact, the bacteria may not even develop into the ulcers and although it is treatable it will get worse without treatment.

The information I found at the National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse was quite interesting. One of the ways the bacteria can be transmitted is from kissing. I’m not saying that because I think that’s how Amber got it! She would kill me if I wrote that in my blog, but now that I think about it maybe we should have a conversation about this! LOL. However, I thought other parents may find it interesting and use it as one of those tactics to get their teens not to do something they shouldn’t. Maybe the conversation should go something like this:

Parent: You know, I read something on the web recently about bacteria you can get from kissing.

Teen: Really?

Parent: Yeah, I didn’t even know about it. It’s called H. pylori. You know, there’s always something out there that we don’t know about that could cause us harm.

Or something like that.

Okay, I digress. Back to Amber…

On Wednesday, four days after the emergency room visit, Amber started getting sharp pains in her stomach. Initially the pains were like a dull ache, she said. As each day passed she got worse and we still hadn’t gotten a diagnosis. On Thursday (my birthday!), I stop by the pediatrician’s office to pick up Amber’s test results, which I had already been told were all normal, and inquire about the results of the last test.

About an hour and 45 minutes later after the nurse calling the lab at the hospital and leaving a message; one of the nurses notices that the results had been faxed while I was there. Now that we had a diagnosis I had to get the medication. Amber was prescribed a three-pill regimen of two very strong antibiotics as well as something to deal with the actual pain. Because of a problem with her health insurance, what they covered and what the pharmacy had available, it was another 24 hours before she had her medicine, which needed to be taken together.

Yesterday when Amber woke up she was almost back to her normal self. She had been taking the meds for three days and although she had pain it wasn’t as bad. In fact, she talked to me so much she was like a new child. Well, I guess I should say the old child reborn. She went back to school today and despite side effects of the pills and the persistent pain, she is on the road to recovery.

It’s amazing how a sick child who you can’t make feel better will make you do whatever you can think of to make them feel better… an-t-way, we’ve survived that small crisis and I am so happy my baby – my oldest baby is on the road to recovery.

Thanks to everyone who prayed for us and thought of us.

This is Amber several weeks before she got sick.
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