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Jun 27, 2009
mommy2k
Gastric emptying study for Kody
Hi everyone! It's been a rough couple of weeks. Kody has been sick so his reflux has been horrid. He's finally feeling better. He wasn't feeling great last night and I actually thought he had an ear infection and I went to bed with him at around 9 last night. So we missed his dose of prilosec. Well it showed at about 3 this morning. I gave it to him at around 4 and by 5:30 he finally fell asleep comfortably. Well we have a GES on Wed morning. We've been waiting for some kind of testing to be done and after I called about his coughing and choking episodes then they told me they wanted to do this. The only thing I'm concerned about is they want him off of all meds for 48 hours. He's just starting to do better and now he's going to go downhill again. Did anyone else have this done off of meds? How did you keep your lo comfortable? I know I can use maalox but I'm not sure that's going to cut it. I'm happy though to finally get some testing done. Also can someone tell me what to expect with this? I know that they drink this tracer stuff but then what? Do they make them stay on a table forever to view it? How does it work? Info please? Our gi is out of the office again so it seems we get things done when he's gone which is why we have another opinion set up for Sept 4 which is after our regular gi appt. I'm hoping to get in sooner then that being on the cancellation list but not betting on it. It's the same practice my daughter went to and they're pretty full all the time. Thanks ladies for any input. Oh and we have stopped the formula for now because he's got so much going on right now being sick we didn't want to push anything. So on hold right now with that but now I'm thinking he just needed time being on the meds because he's doing so much better now. We did take him off of prilosec thinking it was causing grief and not working. But it was because we needed to be more careful about the timing of giving it to him. Now it's being quite effective and it's not causing diarrhea either. He's been sick I swear for like 3 weeks now. Darn germs!!
Jun 27, 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+.
Yes we did the Gastric Emptying scan off meds and for 48 hours it was horrible my kid cried for most of the second day and night. The procedure is simple but time consuming. Hope you cleared your morning. They will take him back and ask you to get him to drink the stuff and then they do a baseline beginning scan and then you go back to the waiting room and wait for an hour. Then they rescan at an hour to see how fast the drink is moving through his system. Then they send you back out and you wait another half hour to an hour depending on how much had been digested so far and basically you repeat that until you reach a certain % they are looking for or 4 hours which ever comes first. So they don't really have to sit still for very long but you have to survive hours in the waiting room. I hope your son feels better soon. Sick refluxers are no fun!
Jun 27, 2009
mommy2k
Thanks for the info. The gi office did make it sound easy but just told me about waiting an hour and seeing how long it took but nothing else. Looks like we'll have to bring lots of activities for our older daughter as well. Kody absolutely adores his sissy though so he'll have lots of entertainment watching her.

It looks like he is starting to feel better because for the first time he's starting to take longer regular naps. Not fighting me on every sleep. He's so much more comfortable now. Boo hoo on taking him off of his meds on Monday. I better have my sanity cap on. lol

Jun 29, 2009
mommato3
Why did you both have to go off all meds for this test? Holden had this test done and we only had to go off motility meds (Reglan). I don't understand why one would have to go off of the PPI's or H2 blockers. The motility meds can scew the test b/c they help your tummy empty but since this test doesn't measure acidity of reflux although it does show reflux but the other meds don't make the amount of reflux any better just remove the acid so I don't understand that. It was a simple test. We had to stay one hour. If the amount of food left in his tummy wasn't what it was suppose to be, which it wasn't then we had to come back half an hour later and take another scan. Let us know how it goes. I'm glad they are working on giving you some answers
Jun 29, 2009
mommy2k
I thought it was odd too to go off his ppi. I didn't think tha would make the stomach empty any slower. It's our first day off of the meds. He had a horrible night again so I'm going to bring him in for a possible ear infection. If it's not that then it's going to be an even rougher few days then I thought. I'm kind of hoping that it's an ear infection just for an easy fix to what's been causing his pain all weekend long kwim.
Jun 29, 2009
zack'smom
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
we did ours two weeks ago..ON meds and it was 2 hours. They had him drink formula wiht crud in it, then took a scan every 15 minutes over the course of 2 hours. We had a portable dvd player and a couple stuffed animals... no big deal.
Jun 30, 2009
mommy2k
Well this is our second day without meds. It's been a rough night but every night is. He was more miserable last night though. I'm hoping that I get a little bit of sleep tonight. Our appt is at 8. I just wish I could figure out why his nights are so much worse than his days. We haven't had a good nights sleep since he was born. Boy are we waiting for that day. Oh and to top it all off he has decided that he won't poop on his own. We've tried laxatives but we end up having to give him a baby lax suppository to make him go. It also helps him feel better for a little while. I really hope they figure something out soon for him. The ped also said no ear infection like I had thought. Which is good but frustrating as well.
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