Sunday, May 24, 2009

Something good...

The GI came to talk to us this morning and told us that the results from Anslie's pH test came back and they showed that she has a pretty severe case of acid reflux. This may not sound like good news to you, but I am thrilled! Mostly that the docs were able to find something. They said that for a normal person, they would expect a few blips a couple times in an hour on the acidic side of the pH scale, but Anslie's was really volatile and constantly jumping to the acidic side. Poor baby.

The reason why this is good news is that if the reason Anslie isn't gaining weight is due to GERD, it's an easy problem to fix. They prescribed a reflux medication for her, one she has been on in the past, just a very aggressive dose, to knock the acid out. They were pleased that Anslie was continuing to eat while she was experiencing the reflux, so the GI has high hopes that with the help of the meds, she will start to feel better, will then eat more, her weight will increase, and then we can go home. And they said this could all be possible without having to put a feeding tube in her. (phew) Time will tell, but we have breathed a hugh sigh of relief for now.

We are still waiting for the results from her biopsy which will confirm the reflux, and will also let the docs know if there is anything else going on. There is still a possiblity she is is having trouble with some food allergies, but this will all be revealed in the test results. I am anxious to find out what they found, if anything, and move on with living our life. It's hard to see my baby stuck in a hospital room when she should be having fun and playing outside and with friends.

We are probably going to be at the hospital through Tuesday so they can monitor her progress with the reflux meds, dietary supplements, and weight. That should get us through until we get her biopsy results, and then....we'll see.

I am feeling a little more positive today because we have gotten something out of this whole ordeal. And if all that's wrong is reflux, as I said before, it's a fairly easy fix. There is hope that life will return to normal soon. :)

Thanks for all of the prayers. We feel your love and concern and we really appreciate it!


Erica said...

i am SO glad they found something (i understand how that doesn't exactly sound like good news but is way better then them having to do more and more tests on her). how is anslie holding up there?

Rachelle said...

Thanks for the update. I too understand the importance of finding something. It's maddening when test after test comes back negative. And, like you said, so far it's something that's easily fixable. I hope the rest of the tests shed some light on the situation (but nothing too bad). I love you guys!

Tiffany said...

I am SOOOOOOOOOOO happy you have answers! I know how that feels! I am so happy things are moving along. The Lord has really blessed your family!!! Tiffany

Kendyll said...

Hi Shillawna, we just got back to Utah and I am so glad to hear Anslie is doing a little better, but I'm sorry we weren't able to see you guys while we were there. I can't believe all that you have been through lately. I hope she is feeling 100% very soon.