Sam has had a tough winter and by tough I mean 90+ days of illness, 2 bouts of pneumonia, auto immune reactions, immune reactions, sudden onset of GERD, mouth ulcers, severe weight loss, increase of OCD sensory issues along with daily smiles, giggle fits and some much needed sarcasm on my part to get us through.
Whew...and I thought the external fixator was going to be the toughest 4 months of my life...it was...this winter is running a close second...hmmm, maybe third after the time spent in the ICU when Sam stopped breathing and suffered his brain injury. The really, really hard part is watching Sam go through so much and not really being sure if we are helping him or hurting him. I realize as a Mom and chief caretaker of Sam that it is my responsibility to watch, analyze, pick up on the small things, research, ask 8 million questions, drive his pediatrician crazy (God love that man), worry (wait not worry...pray instead), scream, cry and sometimes just hold him so close that I hope whatever is bothering him somehow transfers to me and I can deal with it, figure it out and make it go away. When Sam hurts, my heart hurts more and I will do everything in my power to make him feel better.
Our winter journey began at the end of our road trip to Montana when Sam caught the Enteriovirus 68 that swept across the country and claimed many innocent children's lives. After that virus he never got back to stable, it seemed like he had one virus after the next and when that wasn't enough he threw in some autoimmune reactions and then his body decided to try a different strategy and brought on GERD which led to a couple of pneumonias and a GERD medication that appears to be causing mouth ulcers that required narcotic pain medication but not before we had a full oral examination done under anesthesia so we could rule out a tooth problem. Yep...a whole load of crap and one little guy that still feels terrible, has lost 44 lbs. and just wants the same thing I do...stability. Not sick, not in pain, not unable to eat...just stable.
I decided to begin to wean Sam from the GERD medication to allow his mouth to heal, unfortunately his GERD symptoms decided to take on a life of their own and today was a very tough day which followed two sleepless nights of trying to deal with Sam's mouth pain issues and the hyperness that results from narcotic pain medication. Oh joy!
During my late night research I came across a couple of interesting facts about GERD, GERD medication depletes B12 which unfortunately Sam is already depleted on...so I decided to up his B12 injections. GERD can be caused by too much or too little of stomach acid and GERD itself can cause mouth ulcers as well as the medication used to treat GERD. Most nutritionists believe that GERD is caused by bacterial overgrowth. I really liked this article on GERD written by a doctor with a strong viewpoint on nutrition versus medication. http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/gerdacid-reflux/gerd-treatment-nutrition-vs-drugs-3/
So as I headed up to see Dr. Vu I had a couple of thoughts in mind. I can treat bacterial issues with colloidal silver, I can up his B12 injections and I can try adding an organic Amish remedy for acid reflux as I wean Sam from the medication, but how do I get his body to stop over or under producing acid. His diet is the anti inflammation diet and we have already further removed any potential foods that could cause reflux.
To say Sam was in a mood today...is an understatement of epic proportions. Sam didn't want to see Dr. Vu or any doctor for that matter, Sam's mouth hurt and he was fixated on that and Sam was having congestion issues caused by his GERD symptoms which made him more uncomfortable and Sam was hungry and wanted to eat but his mouth ulcers made that difficult too. Sam fought both Dr. Vu and I through the entire muscle testing segment. For those who don't know Dr. Vu he is
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We leave for Arizona in a week or so and I hope and pray, and pray and hope this all works and Sam gets to enjoy his vacation.