Cardin has been struggling the last few months with a lot of reflux, stomach aches, and her typical round of vomiting. Since things seemed to be spiraling more and more out of control, I decided it was time to be more proactive about the situation.
First we started with an ear, nose, and throat doctor who told us that we really need to see a pediatric gastroenterologist. You’ll recall my superb luck with the pediatric gastroenterologist, here, when I tried to get Rory’s formula covered for his milk allergy. I was in stitches when I realized that both of my kids would need to go to this office. Listen Lady, could I get a buy one get one?
We waited a couple months just to get an appointment and provided all of Cardin’s fantastic episodes of vomiting pleasure. I mean really, I could have just directed the doctor to this blog and been all “97% of the blogs are about vomit, read up.”
We left the appointment with orders to get some blood work drawn to test for food allergies and to do a celiac screen. To ease the blood draw, I had the pediatrician give me some lidocain cream and we applied that before the blood test. The cream has to sit for 30 minutes and makes your arm itch and tingle before it really reaches it’s peak. It was a jolly good time to sit around in the waiting room of the lab for 30 minutes with my kids arm stretched out, cream slathered at the elbow joint, her refusing to move an inch.
Even though we applied the cream, we still had to pin Cardin down to draw the blood through screams and sobs. The pleading cry of “No Momma. Please don’t do it Momma.” resounding in the background. As a parent, it’s heart wrenching to watch and listen to your child plead and beg, out of utter fear, while you force a medical test upon them; even though you know it’s for their own good.
Luckily the results all came back negative. No food allergies or celiac. This is both good and bad. Good that we don’t have to contend with an allergy, but bad because we still have no direction on where to go. Right now, Cardin is on a liquid form of prilosec to see if that helps with the reflux and vomiting. Here’s hoping that future blogs bring up topics outside of puke.