Monday, August 27, 2012

A new twist

I wish I could say it was a good twist.  A new twist in Jedidiah's puzzle.  I'm not sure if I mentioned that we have two appointments to see two new specialists.  One is for endocrinology and the other for cardiology.  We had to get a referral, so we had a visit with our family doctor.  He thought we should also do a chest x-ray.  He said he wanted to take a look at the organs in the cavity?  I think that is what he said.  I wasn't so sure on the whole thing, but since it's not invasive, I took him to get one.  It was no surprise that we got a letter in the mail from our doctor.  They are always very good at sending the results, no matter what they are.  I opened it as a formality.  Seriously people it was one of those, 'I really should, just so that I have crossed all my t's and dotted all my i's' kind of thing.  Imagine my utter shock that the first sentence read something like this:
  I reviewed your son's chest x-ray and it appears he has pretty significant asthma.

Really?  Surely there is a mistake.  Ugh. and double ugh.  No, make that a few hundred ughs.  I am thinking this may have been going on for a LONG time.  Jed, for years now, has had what I have termed, "Jed's cough".  I *KNOW* I've mentioned it to doctors before.  I also know that his cough went away while on homeopathy.  It stayed away, until a few months ago.  I don't recall if he had it while on GAPS, I can't be certain one way or the other.  I mean, Jed's cough, is just "a Jed thing".  Something he always has seemed to do.  Just a wee cough, but there.  He used to have it worse before homeopathy.  It would definitely be worse at night after he lay down to go to sleep.  I am supposing the cough and the asthma may be one and the same? 

The letter also asks for us to come in for a follow up to discuss treatment.  People, this is killing me.  Asthma meds?  Obviously some talking will be in order.  I may ask to see if a diet change (going back onto full GAPS) will ease the symptoms first before putting him on meds.  And then if that doesn't work?  I'll be praying really hard for the funds for homeopathy treatment (which if it were to happen, then you can all know that miracles really do exist :-)).

I feel, i can't put my finger on it.  I mean how many times has he had his breathing been listened to?  How could this have gone under the radar for years?  I am very thankful that he has never had a true asthmatic episode.  This also leaves me to wonder what part of the asthma may play in his failure to thrive.  Maybe none, maybe a lot.  Who knows right now, only time will tell.

I need to go outside to bring in our things that I left out there when I opened that letter.  I thought it would be a nice change to do our school reading outside.  It proved a little difficult at times with trying to watch over the baby at the same time.  But I think I shall try to do it more often, and I believe the baby will catch on that he needs to stay close by.

Please pray for Jed, and for myself.  I was told that his upcoming appointment with endo will entail lots of blood draws.  He has been very brave in the past with blood draws, but they leave him very scared to go to any doctors for a while afterwards.  For me only because I feel so totally unraveled with this news.  Again, I don't know why, but I do.

Thank you all.

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