The Next Step in Futility

For anyone who got a laugh and a tear out of my last post on Jacob, we’re onto the next step.  After all of that, the barium enema and xrays showed nothing wrong.  It’s confusing how they can see that as a good thing.  Maybe because they aren’t the ones sitting several times a day holding him while he cried out in pain, or wiping him when his rear end is bleeding.  I don’t really see anything good about all of this happening to a three year old, myself.  Jake has had blood in his stools since October. It has gone from once every 10 days to now consistently twice a day (Every time he poops). He’s in a lot of pain because of it, and has already been tested for allergies, Celiac Disease, Iritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, internal hemorrhoids, hernias…  Often, when he’s hurting the most he asks, ever so sweetly through the tears, for us to take him to the hospital so they can make it better.   It’s agonizing.

We took the next step yesterday and had an appointment with a pediatric gastrointestinal specialist.  Jacob and I left at 6:45am to be there by 7:30, but I have to say it was worth it to be able to go without the other two munchkins to spar with. The kids are up by 6am every morning anyway.  Huh, and people think homeschoolers get to sleep in all of the time…

 Being one of the first appointments of the morning made the wait pretty quick.  And Dr H was all happy and chipper.  He was clearly good with children.  He had the most atrocious zoo tie on.  Jacob adored it and now wants me to make him a tie to go with his play doctor dress-up set. Dr H. asked all of his questions and seemed pretty unconcerned.  He examined Jake and ordered a colonoscopy.  Ugh…the things you hear adults saying about colonoscopies, and they’ll be doing it to this little bitty guy. 

 He kept mentioning that it was most likely just a polyp (sp?), but then said that wouldn’t cause the constant pain (and screaming, trauma, anguish…).  I highly doubt that is it.  But I have no idea what it could be. For some reason the suggestion of it kept annoying me.  Was he listening?  Did he understand how much pain my son is in at night?  Maybe I’ll send him a video of it…take pictures of the blood for proof that it’s more than ‘just a little streak here and there’….. Too much?  Yeah, I guess that’s a little dramatic of me.  It was just a bit disheartening when he wrote out the order for the colonoscopy and said to come back in three months.  Three months?  and in the meantime, what do you suggest?  You’re kidding, right?
Anyway, here’s to hoping that he’s right.  That it’s a little thing, like a polyp,  that can be fixed easily while the poor guy is under anesthesia already with scopes up his A…  Just whatever it takes for it to be done, and not three months from now.



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2 responses to “The Next Step in Futility

  1. Hi

    I just came over this blog from a google allert, and read this post. I cannot say exactly what this is, but it might be some kind of inflammation.

    Some kind of food can make inflammation worse, and some other can better inflammation: This is an article I wrote some time ago about rheumatic inflammation, but the diet advices in the article are valid for intestinal inflammation too: The advices might help your child to get better.


    Some Simple Advices about Diet to Fight Rheumatism and Chronic Inflammation

    Some types of food can trigger inflammation and rheumatic conditions, and others can ameliorate inflammation and rheumatism. Therefore a proper diet can help reduce rheumatic and inflammatory conditions.

    Inflammation is a major component in most rheumatic pain conditions or rheumatic diseases, therefore it is advisable to eat a good amount of food that reduces inflammation and reduce the consumption of food that contains inflammatory agents. Here are some simple dietary advices that may help reduce rheumatic conditions:


    The fat types called omega-3-poly-unsaturated fat and mono-unsaturated fat reduce inflammation and thereby ameliorate rheumatic conditions.

    Good sources of omega-3-fatty acids are: fat fish, seafood, flax seeds, perilla, seal meat and oils made from these sources. Seal oil has shown to have an especially beneficial effect by rheumatic conditions. You should eat fat fish at least 2 times a week, and have a meal made of fish or seafood at least every second day. You should use some oils from this group in your dishes in order to get enough omega-6, or take a couple of tablespoons of such oils each day as a medication.

    These oils should not be used for frying or warm cooking, they should also be stored cool, and locked. They easily oxidize and react chemically in many ways by exposure to heat and oxygen, and thereby convert to harmful substances.

    Good sources of mono-unsaturated fat are: olive, canola, rape, almonds, peanuts, cashew pecan, hickory, hazel nuts, pistachio, macadamia, filbert, avocado and oils made from these sources. These oils can be used for gentle frying and hot cooking, since they are more robust for chemical alternations than omega-3-oils. You should also use some of these oil types in your cooking, and especially olive oil of extra virgin quality.

    However, when you add these types of oils to your diet, you should reduce the intake of other types of fat, so that you do not get too much fat.

    You should also eat many vegetables, since also these make a body chemistry that reduces inflammation.


    Have only a small consume of oils containing much omega-6 poly-unsaturated acids, like soy oil, corn oil, or oils made from these sources: sunflower, safflower, grape seed, cotton seed, walnut, sesame and wheat germ. The fat in these types of oil increases inflammation.

    You should however not stop eating food containing, omega-6-fat, since you need some of this fat type.

    Most food you buy that is ready to eat from a factory or restaurant, contain much omega-6-fat. You should therefore reduce the consumption of food you do not cook yourself.

    Bread, cereals and products made of corn or cereals also increase the inflammation response, especially if they contain wheat. Wheat causes a special type of inflammation in the intestines called celiac disease in some individuals, but may also trigger inflammation of non-celiac type. However, full-corn cereals and full-corn bread are valuable types of food, so you should not stop eating them. But if you eat bread or corn products at every meal, you should reduce your intake of these and eat more potatoes, beans and peas.


    You should absolutely not consume fat that has been chemically altered to give it another consistence. This type of fat has a very negative effect on the health and may be very potent inflammatory agents. Margarine, snacks, fast food and ready made cakes or cookies often contain this kind of fat. Unfortunately this type of fat is also often added to bread. A good idea could be to bake your bread yourself.

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