Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Today Was The Day. Results Are In.

As many of you know, I've been waiting for test results for Adam. To (hopefully) determine what's been causing his sore stomach issues.

Today was the day. Results are in.


I called home for messages after lunch. Figured I'd wait until then, and if I hadn't heard anything, I'd call the Dr's office myself.

Suddenly, there she was in my ear. The doctor.

She said she had the results, and would I please return her call so we could discuss them.

Damn.

If nothing had showed up, she simply would have said 'nothing showed up', and we would have figured out what to do from there.

But no, she said '... discuss the results.'

That meant there was something to discuss.


OK. That's OK. That means NOW he can be treated for something.


So I immediately called the office.

And had to leave a message.

The Phone Tag game was officially ON.

Just after 6pm, she called back.


One of the results came back positive for parasite.

Dientamoeba fragilis to be exact.

YES! Finally! A diagnosis!

Now we start the antibiotics and hope that's the cure for what ails him.

He will also have to follow up with the doc and be retested in two weeks.


Don't get me wrong, I'm not happy he has a parasite, and god only knows where he got it, but I'm DEFINITELY happy that we finally know what it is, and that he's finally going to be treated for SOMETHING!

We still have to keep the appointment with the specialist, in June, in case it turns out to be something more than the parasite.

But for now, I'd rather we have to deal with this 'intestinal invader', than something like IBS, or Chrones etc.

As long as I don't think too long or hard about what's actually going on inside his little stomach ... or how long it's been there ... or if it's done any type of damage.


When we see the doc in June, I still plan on asking about allergy testing.

If nothing else, than to rule out any possible foods that may have been adding to his stomach issues as well.


I'm now moving on with the expectation that these antibiotics are going to do the trick.

Fix 'im up right good.

On the off chance that they don't, I will be going in to that meeting with the doc and going through my list of what do we do now, and how, questions ;-)


But one step at a time.

For now, I'm going to get this freakin' slimeball OUT of my kid!


One of the scariest things about all this, is realizing how COMMON these suckers are. And as this great article states, 'your best defense is knowledge'.

And with knowledge, will hopefully come prevention.


Thanks for all your good thoughts, wishes and prayers everyone!

They were all VERY MUCH appreciated!

Sometimes it's just nice to not have to worry alone, and all the support reminded me that I really wasn't :-)


K.

6 comments:

See Mom Smile said...

I am so glad you found a diagnosis! That is much more of a relief than no answer. Did you ever think you'd say yay for parasites?!?!

Kristy said...

I can feel your relief. Thank goodness! I will pray that the antibiotic takes care of it. I was honestly very interested to see how this turned out for you. So, I am glad you shared! Good luck!

Cheryl said...

Phew! Even though you don't want your kid to have a parasite (obviously!), what a relief it's something that can be treated with an antibiotic!

Ask your doctor if they do allergy patch testing. Just had it with my son. It tests for the food allergies that affect the stomach as opposed to ones that cause immediate reactions like hives, swelling, etc.

Sue said...

Good that he's getting some relief!!

Aleta said...

I'm glad she found out what he has and there's something that can be done to fix it! Poor thing, I feel sorry for him going through that and for you, for the worry. Thanks for the article. Interesting!

Shannon said...

So glad you know what you are dealing with and can now kill it...hope he gets to feeling better very soon!