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Apr 17, 2009
vigilantmom
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
Scope and Upper GI series
HI! Ryan is getting scoped and an upper GI series with barium on Tuesday. Can anyone tell me what to expect in regards to mood, eating, drinking etc for the days following his tests? I like to know what we are in for and now many days I should ask off from work.
Apr 17, 2009
molson1525
Mary & Nicholas 7-17-03 (non-refluxer)allergies, asthma on Singulair and Flovent & Aidan 1-28-07(my refluxer)Nissen Fundoplication on June 20, 2008, FTT, MSPI, DGE, ear tubes, allergies and severe GERD now currently taking just Prevacid and drinking Elecare Vanilla 1+.
The scope is fairly simple in that they will most likely give a sleepy drink as we call it which will make him loopy and then they will take him back to the OR and fully sedate him and the whole procedure takes about 10 minutes. If he has never had anesthia before he will most likely wake up screaming as it is really hard for a child to understand the disorientation. Are they doing the Upper GI the same day or on another day. If they are doing it on the same day he may be willing to drink the barium fairly easily for you as he will be hungry from having to go all night without food for the scope. They start by taking an abdominal x-ray and then they lay them down let them drink the barium and then you watch the fluid go down on the screen for a while well they check the structure of the GI system. A good radiologist will be able to check swallow issues etc. too. As far as fallout from the procedures. Anestheia has a way of making the LES more relaxed for a few days so there was definitely more reflux but really my son was back to normal within a few hours of the procedure. The UGI he had white poop for 48 hours and was really constipated for days after that which made him very grumpy. Hope that helps. Overall, any pain that these procedures are for us they provide so much wonderful information that it is all worth it.
Apr 17, 2009
emibug
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
emily was given full sedation for the endoscopy (at age 10 months) but recently had a colonscopy (age 22 months) and was given a 'sleepy drink' it made her loopy and really silly, She then got a mask with gas and it put her under. With the endo. they did full sedation with an IV. but that was because the center we went to didn't have gas and it's standard procedure to do an IV.

as for mood, i was surprised emily had a much better temperament NOT eating, i expected that she would be screaming for food for the UGI and the Endo. but she didn't.

The day of the tests she did fine as well she woke up screaming from the endo. but woke up humming "yo gabba gabba" for the colonoscopy lol The day of the UGI she was much more clingy and insisted from all the tests that she sleep in my bed for a couple nights. She had to have her lovey blanket with her at allllllll times.

Besides the night time and the clingy-ness she was mentally and medically fine to return to normal actvites the day after the tests. She is allergic to soy and that was in the anesthesia from the endo so she had a lot of pukeyness from that. but if i had worked, she would have been fine to go to daycare the next day.

the UGI she had no problems with except the constipation which you could give some extra juice or water to help combat that. you might want to bring a few of his favorite things to the UGI, if he has a song that calms him down or something would be nice. the test doesn't hurt but i bet i could seem scary to such a little person. the x-ray rooms are kinda intimidating and i don't know if they strap down 2 year olds but when emily was a baby they strapped her to a rotating table and she flipped out! she was good eating and drinking after all the tests by the next day
Apr 18, 2009
vigilantmom
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
Thanks so much for the info. Ryan is 10 months old so I am guessing he will be strapped down. The thought of that breaks my heart. Any idea what the UGI would show that the scope wouldnt? The scope if first that morning. If everything looks good then do they cancel the UGI? Can you tell I am nervous? We just ended a 5 day drinking strike last night and I dont want to upset the apple cart again. I am beginning to think that the reflux is under control and instead we were dealing with tonsilitus last month and this month when he quit drinking for days on end. His throat was flaming red both times with a huge sore on this right tonsil. He is eating, drinking, sleeping like a rock and happy as a lark. Uhg... I dont want to torture him any more and send him back into a tail spin. He have to be getting close to the finish like on this reflux and spring it here so we shouldnt be dealing with colds and tonsilitus any more for a few months.... right... Someone give me a really good reason for not chickening out and canceling this procedure on Tuesday.
Apr 19, 2009
emibug
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
because if it happens again you will be kicking yourself. I will tell you from experience that it's REALLY EASY to forget the bad times when things are good. emily is a swinger when things are good they are really good and then all the sudden they go down hill pretty bad. With emily we had come down to the endoscopy as our last resort to try to make her feel better. she was spitting up blood on and off and always sick

the UGI shows structrual problems of the anatomy. This will show if he is having trouble swallowing, if certian valves are not working muscles are too tight or loose or if ulcers are present. It is possible to gauge some of these things during the endo. but it is very unlikely that the test will be canceled unless you cancel it. You can talk to the dr after he visits you with the endo. results and ask him what he thinks.

emily often gets red sore throats from reflux. when i was pregnant and had reflux, i constantly had canker sores in my throat and mouth before i started taking prevacid BUT trust your mommy instinct we are usually always right! :)
Apr 19, 2009
vigilantmom
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
Really?! I was being told that there was not way the refux to get high enough to cause the red thoats and the cancer sores. I am so glad you told me that. It made sense to me that the reflux could get that high. If not then why is he always regurgitating and why to others spit up. I should have listened to my own common sense. Thanks for all support and the info. I will do both tests. You are right, I will be kicking myself if I dont. I canceled it in March because things turned around and I thought we had this beat. 3 weeks later we were back where we started and I was regretting canceling. It is easy to block out the bad times and more importantly it is easy to come up with every excuse to not want to do anything that might even slightly increase the chances of going back there. Time to get it over with.
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