Thursday, May 19, 2011

Back to the Doctor

I haven't blogged about Sophia's reflux in a long time because she has been doing so wonderfully. She's been sleeping and eating well, her flare-ups were few and far between, and very mild. Unfortunately, she took a turn for the worse on Sunday.

Sunday made us feel like we took two steps backward and were right back where we started. Worse, actually, because we saw how well she was doing and how happy she could be. She was back to constant arching, choking, shrieking in pain, and not sleeping.

Monday and Tuesday were more of the same and we knew it wasn't just a major flare-up. We made an appointment with a pediatric GI doctor and hoped that they could help us.

We took Sophia to Children's Hospital this afternoon and it looks like we're changing things up again. The doctor would like for us to change formulas (again) to a soy formula, add a Mylanta type of medication to help coat her stomach after meals, and eliminate rice cereal for thickening. If that doesn't work, he's going to increase her Prevacid dosage. She's scheduled for an x-ray and blood work next week to check for any physical problems. I would hate for her to have some sort of "abnormality" because surgery would be the only solution. On the other hand, it would fix the problem.

She was just as sweet as she could be at the doctor's office. She couldn't have been any better. She didn't fuss on the way there, she doled out smiles to the entire staff, and was as good as gold during the 2 1/2 hour visit. She REALLY loved the exam table paper. When we laid her on it and she found out that it made noise, she kicked, flailed, squirmed, and did everything else she could to make it crinkle. She sure knows how to keep herself entertained! She weighed 12 pounds 5 ounces and was 23 inches long. She is getting so big!

While we were at the hospital, we saw so many sweet children and their families fighting battles that I couldn't even imagine. God humbled me to let me know how truly blessed I am. Yes, Sophia's reflux is difficult at times and we often feel at our wit's end. However, we know it could be much, much worse. I am so thankful that my girls are happy, healthy, and that I am able to tuck them into their own beds each night.

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