Essie Update

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Essie Update
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:
* constipation
* infection
* 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 ...



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Wed, 03-02-2005 - 8:56pm
Maria, wonderful news!! Hopefully they find an infection, only so she won't have to go through more tests and treatments. A colonoscopy is hard enough for adults, not to mention a young child! But I'm so glad they were able to narrow it down for you. And it certainly makes a big difference when you have a wonderful doctor. Keep us updated!

devoted wife to Rick
and loving mom to James & Jack

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Thu, 03-03-2005 - 9:56am

Maria...this is so good to hear! I'm sure you are relieved!


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Thu, 03-03-2005 - 1:46pm

I'm so glad to hear that Essie will be OK.


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Fri, 03-04-2005 - 1:19pm


And your siggy made me nostalgic for a moment. I grew up in Pennsylvania --- in a wee little town along the East near Scranton ... I briefly remembered pine trees and sweetwater creeks. Ahhh.

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Have you turned in the two days worth of stool samples? What did those tests yeild? And what what she prescribed. Please, please remind us of the date for her colonoscopy.

That is encoraging news so far!!

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Tue, 03-08-2005 - 1:23am

Not yet. We've only got one sample. She's holding it because she's afraid of getting blood drawn. Augh. Poor girl. I'm going to give her a laxative tomorrow or prune juice or something .... It's



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