OK … it’s such a fun subject to discuss … right?
Well … this is our life. Everyday!
M has had vomiting issues since she was a baby. We would have to change her outfit 6+ times a day due to her spitting up … the doctor just thought she was a “Happy Spitter” … do you realize that is a real thing? A Happy Spitter? Yeah, a surprise to me too. They kept telling us she would outgrow it. Hmm … still waiting!
As she grew, spitting got worse. She was hospitalized as ‘failure to thrive’ – she was spitting up all the time! They tested for almost everything … why do I say almost? Well, she’s still spitting! This is what has been looked at …
- Celiac / Gluten – tested 2 years ago. Time to retest? Maybe!
- Acid Reflux
- Neurological (like sea sickness)
- Upper GI
- Stomach Biopsy
- Stomach Emptying Study (you know, the one that involves ingesting nuclear material)
Finally … M was referred to allergy. The allergist said, No, I don’t think this is your issue, but let’s test anyway. Well … allergy came back with a High Milk Allergy and a Soy Allergy. Welcome to our life with an EpiPen.
But … the allergist was right. It does not appear to have solved the issue. Well … it solved it for 7 months. 7 GLORIOUS months of no vomit. It was wonderful! AND THEN …
Amoxicillin allergy. Ugh! Hives everywhere. And the reintroduction of vomiting. Since then (6 months now) the longest we have been vomit free is 2 weeks. We’ve added a probiotic … short-term help. We added Claritin (runny nose, seasonal allergy) – it got worse! Yup … M is allergic to allergy medicine. But the vomiting is still there. They are getting it at school. We are getting it at home. And when you have a 3.5 year old special needs child, she doesn’t care WHERE she spits up … she just spits and then walks all through it.
So … what now? That’s what I’m asking. Food Sensitivity testing? Additional allergy testing? Gluten? Corn? WHAT?!?
We were supposed to have our ‘regular’ GI follow-up (we go every 3 months) at the end of May … it’s now scheduled for next week. Wish us luck!
Mom of a Chromo Cutie … juggling my responsibilities