I am so thankful for the health of my children. I have been encountering blogs lately about sick children and children and babies who have died...it is heartbreaking. I will have tears streaming down my face as I read the mother's thought and feelings put into words, I can feel the hurt, some of it anyway. The loss of a child or watching a child suffer through a painful lengthy illness has got to be the worst pain.
Thursday, Eli is going for an upper GI series. He had GERD very severly as a baby and was on Prevacid and Reglan for about a year or so. We took him off as soon as I thought he didn't need the medicine. He has dealt with reflux his whole life, not every day, but quite a bit. Rolaids are in high demand! I took him almost 2 weeks ago to the doctor and had him put back on Prevacid because his reflux was getting to be an everyday affair, waking at night crying, gagging, coughing, trouble breathing. The doctor decided he needed an upper GI to check for a hiatial hernia (I know I spelled that wrong!). I'm not worried...I'm sure he is fine...but if he has that, he will have to have corrective surgery, which is scary thought. Pray for him...for God to take away his reflux...to heal any problems.
Mercie actually had a barium esophagram done when she was just a few months old. She was having trouble eating, and would cough the entire time she ate. After several tests and blood work, the doctor (a different one) was sure she had a hole in her esophogus (again I know I spelled that wrong). We took her to church Wednesday night and the preacher laid hands on her and prayed for her. Rod was also fasting and praying for her. Thursday morning we took her to hospital (she couldn't eat anything after midnight), and they gave her a bottle of barium, which she sucked down, poor starving baby, and performed a video x ray (which was really cool). The radiologist said, "We are supposed to be looking for a hole, but there's none! There's nothing but minor reflux." AMEN. I know God healed her because she was one sick little girl.
As you can probably see, chronic reflux runs in my family. My dad has is SEVERE. I have it a little. Eli has it, Mercie had MINOR REFLUX but never had any problems with it after she was healed.
All in all, I am thankful for the health of my kiddos. It is not something I will ever take for granted.