Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bustin' Out

I think we're heading home! Drew had a motility study done yesterday where they measure the speed at which formula leaves his stomach. It was perfectly normal, just as was every other single test they've done for him over the past week that we've been in here. Yesterday he started to tolerate his feeds a little better. He was able to keep down 2oz of his special Elecare formula along with 6 oz of Pedialyte for 5 or 6 feeds without any vomiting. We went up to 3oz of Elecare this morning and nothing came shooting back out at us. At about noon he had 4 oz of Elecare. No puke. So I spoke with the GI doc at just about 1:00 and he said that whatever he had seems to have gone away and that we should stick with the Elecare for two weeks and then see him again to discuss the transition back to his regular diet. And with that, we're outta here. No real answer.

Post Infectious Gastroenteropathy was our "diagnosis". That means "disease of the stomach & intestines". Caused by what you might ask? Great question. Who knows. The GI doc said that he assumes it was Gastroparesis, a condition that affects the ability of the stomach to empty its contents, but there is no blockage (obstruction). It may have just been a bug like you or I get that for whatever reason he had a harder time tolerating and caused some inflammation in his stomach which caused the gastroparesis. Who knows. The doc described it like a bruise. You get punched in the arm. The incident is over, but the soreness and evidence of the punch is still there. The bug may be gone, but the soreness of the stomach and vomiting may still exist for a little while. All we know for sure is that the 10 days of vomit seem to have come to an end and with any luck won't be returning.

Thanks again for all your thoughts, prayers and suggestions on what could be going on. Hopefully we don't have to play that game to much in the future :)

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