"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Something's Up. . .

. . .but we don't know what exactly. Connie threw up several times Sunday night and was fine yesterday. Then early this morning (3:30 am to be exact) he woke up crying and vomited several more times. This morning he was fine again and kept down what he had for breakfast. We called the pediatrician because it just doesn't seem like some sort of stomach flu bug if he's fine all day and keeping down his food and then at night throws up everything he's had all day. Something is keeping him from digesting his food and we're afraid it's that his leaky aorta has gotten worse and isn't getting enough blood to the digestive tract so that it can move the food through like it's supposed to. Dr. Davis checked him out and he has no fever, no diarrhea and no other symptoms. he doesn't feel it is a stomach bug. He thinks it might be some acid reflux and has prescribed our friend, Prevacid, for the next month to see if he improves. He also ordered some bloodwork so we headed off to Quest Lab for that. After waiting over an hour, we finally got out of there! Poor Connie did not like it one bit, but at least they got the vein on the first poke this time. They had to take three vials! Dr. Davis is checking his Digoxin levels in addition to the normal CBC stuff. We should find out later today if something is off with that. He said sometimes the heart meds can cause stuff like this. Maybe if he needs a different dose or a different med or something. I'm going to research it a bit while I wait to hear. I asked him what happens if he takes the Prevacid, bloodwork is normal and he is still throwing up at night. His answer was, "Then I call Dr. Bromberg." In other words, he would feel it was a heart issue and would be getting the cardiologist involved at that point.

I've been having bad feelings lately about him but I keep shaking them off thinking to myself that it's just been because I've been reading about a lot of other heart kids locally that we keep up with have been struggling lately and having to have interventions, etc. Whatever it is, it is in God's hands and He has the answers. We will continue to put our faith in him. Thank you all for praying.

1 comment:

H. James said...

We will be thinking of you and hope that the Prevacid does the trick. I am sorry you are getting an unpleasant dose of reality. Evidently we can never truly let our guard down with our heart kiddos! Thank you for the update.