What’s on our minds

**Warning: Post about vomiting to follow**

You’ve been warned

Anyway, here’s what’s on our minds here at Chez Randall. As I mentioned, we went to the doctor a few weeks ago and Ben hadn’t gained any weight, in fact, after his hospital stay, he had lost weight…the doctor put him on Pediasure to get some calories in his diet, so we’ve been going with that for the past two weeks. BUT….here’s the thing. Ben vomits. A lot. Like, once a day, often more than once a day. Here’s the story. Ben has always thrown up a lot, but when he was a baby we just figured that he was spitting up and all kids did this. We actually heard from a lot of people “all kids do that”, so we let it go. What people failed to clarify is that kids “spit up”…as in a little bit. They do not regurgitate an entire ten ounce bottle of formula into your waiting burp cloth. Scott and I, being ignorant of all things baby, had NO IDEA that this was not normal. And as he started solids, we just figured “oh, Ben has a hair-trigger gag reflex”. He would go through stages of eating, not eating, etc. And he was gaining weight…slowly, but we figured that it was all his heart doing that. Now, looking back, I realize how INCREDIBLY STUPID we look for not realizing sooner that things were not okay…but it was hard to see.
At any rate, I’m starting, slowly, to wrap my feeble mind around some things. Like the fact that Ben still throws up a lot, that he had those two episodes of vomiting bloody mucous, which were chalked up to irritation on his tonsils and throat (irritation which was of an indeterminate nature, I might add), the fact that he doesn’t want to eat (well, I hate to throw up too…so if I throw up, guess what? I DON’T WANT TO EAT). I feel incredibly dumb. I should have been bringing this up with his doctor a long time ago, but I never put everything together. And it’s only now that it’s really all come together and been a huge issue. So we have been keeping track of what Ben eats, how much, and when he vomits. So far there is NO connection between the type of food, amount of food, timing of food, time of day or anything else. He’ll vomit anything, any time. I’m starting to think he has some reflux issues.

Gee, you think?

I’m being hard on myself about this for not noticing it earlier, but I feel terrible for the little guy. So we’ll get it sorted out. I called the doc to see about taking him in early, but doc is on vacation for two weeks and I really want Ben to see HIS doctor about this, not one of the other pediatricians in the office. We have a week and a half until we go, and I can’t wait. Neither can Ben, I think.



2 Responses to “What’s on our minds”

  1. purlewe Says:

    honestly and truly.. try not to beat yourself up over this. It is normal for kids to puke. And you ahve no idea the amount or quantity of this. Plus.. honestly you’ve been dealing with other health problem issues.. breathing.. heart stuff.. turning blue. I think you can give yoruself a slide on this one.

    My niece was put on prilosec as an infant and she handled it quite well. You might have something simple like that. Have they ever really taken a look at his gasto physiology? Just curious.

    • coffeemomma Says:

      They haven’t done anything because we never brought it up. I’m hoping, and pretty sure, that they will try some easy medication-fix first…I just have to bring it up….that’s why I’m kicking myself, it is probably something easy to fix, I just have to pay attention and let the doctor know! 🙂

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