RECAPPING THE GIRLS SICKNESS:
QUICK BLIP: The stomach pain started as a strep infection that caused their lymph nodes in the stomach to enlarge and cause serious pain (Mesenteric Lymphadenitis). Once we found that this was the cause, they were tested positive for strep. They were then treated with antibiotics, the strep went away according to the test, but the pain never did. After 3 months of blood tests, samples, x-rays, a CT-scan, a colonoscopy and endoscopy the doctors had no answer but wanted to send the girls to pain management therapy. We knew there was no way this was something they would just have to live with, they were normal one day, then only a few days later constant pain.
DETAILS: Along that path a different pediatric doctor did notify our current pediatrician that the strep test can come back negative, but the infection still be in the lymph nodes. This is what the CT-scan revealed, and the girls were given an IV Antibiotic to help. The daughter in the worst condition got better for 24 hours and was sent home from the hospital. One hour after taking the oral antibiotic she was in gut wrenching pain again, on the floor crying and kicking her legs. We took her of the oral immediately. The next day we were able to get her another dose of the IV version, but that was the max she could have.
CONCLUSION: Though the pain originated from the strep infection, we believe the oral antibiotics knocked out all the good stuff in the stomach and intestines as well as the bad. This is the same problem the hospitals are having with what they call an epidemic infection C. Diff. Which we found one of our sick girls is a carrier for through all this (she always tests positive for it). In our one girl’s case, the antibiotics allowed for an overgrowth of a type of yeast in her intestines. The Dr. said she tested for this, and it came back negative. HOWEVER, when my wife diagnosed through searching a series of online forums and other websites this made the most sense. The treatment? Another antibiotic! OR an altered diet. ARE THEY SERIOUS… more antibiotics? We set the two girls on a yeast feeding free diet (no sugar, natural or not, and no wheat/gluten) for two weeks.
AT THE END of two weeks? They were back to being our normal girls again! PRAISE THE LORD! Just typing this brings tears to my eyes from the memory of three months of suffering for my poor girls. The girls first signs of extreme pain was in mid January 2014 and we didn’t see improvements, especially with one, until mid March 2014.
James 1:2-4 have been an often shared devotional in this regard:
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
THANK YOU! I know we had a lot of people praying for us when we went through this time. We can not thank you enough for bringing us before the Lord in your prayers! Your prayers were answered!