Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Aiden's GI appointment

Today we had an encouraging appointment with Aiden's GI specialist. The specialist wants to do a series of tests depending on the outcome of each test and he says this needs to be done quickly.
The first test will be an imaging of the lower GI to check for any obstructions.  The main reason for this is that the last time Aiden threw up, it was green and the specialist says that it's not normal.  It should be yellow or white, not green.  If there is an obstruction, then Aiden will have surgery.
If everything is normal, then Aiden will have an endoscopy on April 28th.  This is to check for any stomach lining infections, which we think he might have. 
During that time, they will also put a tube down to his esophagus to monitor and record anything that goes on for 24 hours. He will come home with the tube and we will see if he even keeps it in for that long!  We recall very well how he did not like the tube down his nose after his surgery and pulled it out 3 times.  He was only a week old so who knows how he will be with this tube...
If everything is normal there, then he will have a Hydrogen breath test.
If that comes out normal, then they will do Motility Testing.  "Gastrointestinal (GI) motility refers to the movement of food from the mouth through the pharynx (throat), esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines and out of the body. The GI system is responsible for digestion. The moment you even look at food, your body starts beginning this complicated process."
This test, according to the specialist, "is a little hairy" because there aren't really many good tests and it's hard to treat.

Keep those prayers coming, please.  We really appreciate them :).

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