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Last Monday Doc took Jamieson to the pediatrician for his one-year checkup. Overall everything (other than the usual digestive issues and eczema) is fine. He is in the 95th percentile for height, weight, and head circumference — back on the charts, at last! Here’s hoping he slows down a bit in growth. He is 27 pounds 13 ounces and 31-1/2 inches tall.
The pediatrician (whom we just love; Dr. Michael Brown with Pediatric Associates of Dallas, in case you’re in the market for one) asked if we’d made any progress with his food sensitivities and eczema. Doc told him that things were overall pretty much the same, but that the past few nights had been really bad, with Jamie waking up between 6 and 8 times per night in pain. Dr. Brown asked what Dr. Whitney, our gastroenterologist, was doing to treat it — and had she done an endoscopy yet? (No.) We hadn’t seen her in a while but were due to a few days later, and he asked us to have her give him a call so they could discuss Jamie’s case. Now maybe doctors wanting to work together like that is common practice, I don’t know. But it’s a really good feeling to know that our current doctors actually care enough to try to solve our son’s problem, rather than just telling us that there’s nothing wrong or that WE need to work harder to eliminate his food allergies through diet.
We saw Dr. Whitney last Thursday. I told her right off the bat that we were at a point where we felt we needed to try something different. Controlling his symptoms through diet just has not been working well enough. She immediately suggested that the next course of action should probably be that endoscopy that Dr. Brown had mentioned, plus a colonoscopy and biopsies. She had hoped that he would grow out of his sensitivities, but since he was now a year old and still having difficulties, this is the next step in the quest to solve his problems.
So Jamie goes in on Wednesday for surgery. 🙁
I’m not sure if “surgery” is the best term; they’re not going to cut him open or anything but he will be under general anaesthesia. They’ll stick cameras up his butt and down his throat (Doc hopes that they don’t just rinse off the one camera between uses) to look for inflammation as well as the presence of certain types of cells that would indicate allergic reactions. And they’ll take biopsies of his intestines and esophagus (I think).
And after that, they’ll be able to recommend treatment. There’s a possibility that he’ll go on allergy medication, which will have an added benefit (if you choose to see it that way) of making him drowsy at night. He may also go to see an allergist for a skin scratch test.
I’m a little bit worried about the anaesthesia part of things, but I really think that this is the right thing to do. I’m not sure what else we can do at this point. Life really hasn’t been fair to Jamie. He just doesn’t feel well most of the time. I hope that we can find some answers and he can begin to feel good and be able to get some quality sleep.