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|Wed, 03-02-2005 - 8:34pm|
This morning, we took Essie to the gastro-intestinal specialist at a children's hospital. He was EXCELLENT --- very intelligent, thoughtful and explained the situation very well. Apparently, blood in the stool is a Very Big Deal ... when it comes to adults ... but for a child, it's usually one of five things:
* rectal polyp
* food allergy
* meckel's syndrome
He's thinking that Essie probably has an infection. So, we'll have to turn in 2 days worth of stool samples, and he'll check if there's an infection and prescribe antiobiotics and that will be that. If there's nothing there, then she'll have a colonoscopy in 2 weeks and he'll check for polyps and what-not. If he finds a polyp, he'll zap the thing, and she'll be fine. Either way, he says that none of this is life-threatening, none of this is out of the ordinary. Essie seems a very healthy, energetic child.
He was a good doctor. I told him that we had been very scared, and he said, "Oh, yeah. I have a four year old and an eight year old. If this was my daughter with blood in her stool, my wife would have freaked out. We need to get this taken care of, step by step, but quickly."
So, there we go. Thanks for the prayers.
I am SO relieved and can breathe again ...